SMU Hosting Outdoor Commencement Saturday

SMU postponed its spring commencement because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

SMU will honor its 2020 graduates at a festive open-air Commencement Convocation at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, in Ford Stadium. The ceremony will be streamed live. Gates open at 6:30 a.m., and all parking garages will be open.

Public health precautions for the commencement include seating graduating students and the platform party on the football field, arranged to maintain physical distance between individuals, instructing guests to sit in alternating rows in the stands, spacing themselves to support social distancing between family groups, requiring face coverings for graduates and guests, and providing specially-branded SMU Commencement face coverings for the students. 

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Rachel Snyder, deputy editor at People Newspapers, joined the staff in 2019, returning to her native Dallas-Fort Worth after starting her career at community newspapers in Oklahoma. One of her stories won first place in its category in the Oklahoma Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in 2018. She’s a fan of puns and community journalism, not necessarily in that order. You can reach her at

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