Watch Live: A Celebration of Degrees and Academic Achievements


COVID-19 safety requirements (face coverings, safe distancing) remain in place for all SMU commencement events, including today’s Perkins ceremony, despite this week’s announcement about masks and distancing from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Graduation ceremonies will take place May 14-15, with Perkins School of Theology’s service, “A Celebration of Degrees and Academic Achievements,” on Friday, May 14 at 4 p.m. at Moody Coliseum and the All-University Commencement ceremony at Ford Stadium on Saturday, May 15 at 8 a.m.

Before 2020, the Perkins celebration took place in the sanctuary of Highland Park United Methodist Church, which was usually packed; this year the event moves to Moody Coliseum to allow for social distancing and other safety protocols. Four schools within Southern Methodist University will hold their events throughout the two-day period at Moody.

Perkins students who graduated in December 2019, May 2020 or August 2020 are invited to participate in these graduation ceremonies. Because the 2020 commencement ceremony was deferred until August 2020, and many graduates from the 2019-20 academic year were unable to attend, Perkins and Southern Methodist University have extended the invitation to these graduates to attend the events for May 2021 as well.

Graduates are each receiving 10 tickets to the Perkins service on May 14.  Students have been invited to pick them up from the Student Life Office, or we will happily mail them.  There will be a clear bag policy in effect for Moody, and face masks are required.

For the All-University Commencement ceremony, one candidate entry ticket and four guest tickets will be given to each graduating student. Additional information about tickets for the SMU Commencement ceremony may be found at

Distancing protocols established by the University will be in effect.

The events will also be live streamed for those graduates and guests who cannot attend in person.  To watch the Commencement online, visit To view Perkins’ Celebration of Degrees and Academic Achievements,

Information about commencement will be updated on the University’s commencement web page.  Those who RSVP’d will receive more information about both events as the details become available, including information about obtaining tickets for invited guests.