May 14, 2016

GradHats

Hats off to SMU’s 2016 graduates! The academic accomplishments of more than 2,500 students were celebrated at the University’s 101st annual Commencement ceremony May 14.

Technology and civic leaders Richard and Mary Templeton shared the delivery of the SMU Commencement address. Richard Templeton, a member of the SMU Board of Trustees, is president and CEO of Texas Instruments, and Mary Templeton is a philanthropist and community volunteer who had a 14-year career with General Electric before moving to Dallas.

SMU conferred an honorary degree on pioneering medical researcher Groesbeck Parham. Parham has saved the lives of thousands of women in Africa by developing a simple, affordable cervical cancer screening procedure using household vinegar as an indicator of abnormal cells.

The all-University Commencement ceremony can be viewed here.

Diploma presentation ceremonies were held at individual schools on Friday and Saturday afternoon.

Following are some highlights of the Saturday morning ceremony captured by SMU Photography.

Ready. Set. Pony up! Preparing for the walk.

Ready. Set. Pony up! Preparing for the walk.

Graduates gathered in Dedman Fitness Center for fun and photos before marching into Moody Coliseum.

Students gathered for pre-Commencement fun and photos.

Moody Coliseum was filled with graduates and their families and friends.

Moody Coliseum was filled with graduates and their families and friends.

Students are ready to receive their doctorates.

Students are ready to receive their doctorates.

Honorary degree recipient Groesbeck Parham (left) with SMU President R. Gerald Turner.

Honorary degree recipient Groesbeck Parham (left) with SMU President R. Gerald Turner.

Commencement speakers Mary and Richard Templeton.

Technology and civic leaders Mary and Richard Templeton delivered the Commencement address.

These smiles say it all. Happy graduation!

These smiles say it all. Happy graduation!

Looking for familiar faces among the sea of well-wishers.

Looking for familiar faces among the sea of well-wishers.

It wasn’t easy to stand out in the crowd.

It wasn’t easy to stand out in the crowd.

Congratulations to all SMU graduates!

Congratulations to all SMU graduates!