As part of SMU’s centennial celebration era, 2011-2015, each year is being commemorated for a significant University milestone. It is appropriate that in 2015 we celebrate the Year of the Student, since this is the 100th anniversary of SMU’s inaugural class. In September 1915, the University welcomed 456 students to the Hilltop. Today, more than 11,000 students are shaping their futures as SMU students.
The Year of the Student follows 2014’s Year of the Faculty, which celebrated the recruitment of the University’s first professors in 1914, and 2013’s Year of the Library, commemorating the hiring of SMU’s first librarian in 1913.
Today, SMU students continue a proud legacy. Through the years, they have established and led student organizations, engaged in athletics competitions, served the community, studied abroad, and excelled in and beyond the classroom. In January alone, six students were accepted to participate in the Clinton Global Initiative, while others have made human rights study trips to areas such as Poland and Ecuador over the winter break. Others, such as Rahfin Faruk, student trustee who was recently named a Truman Scholar, shared perspectives through published opinion pieces and blogs on the SMU Adventures site. SMU is one of the few universities in the nation to have a voting student member on its Board of Trustees and other students as trustee committee members. The new Residential Commons model of campus living was designed with input and ongoing leadership from students, working with Faculty-in-Residence. The quality of the SMU student body continues to increase, each year bringing the highest SAT scores in University history.
SMU congratulates members of today’s student body for continuing and building upon a tradition of excellence, to be highlighted in many ways during the Year of the Student.