Contact: Meredith Dickenson or Ellen Sterner
SMU News & Media Relations
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May 14, 2003

SMU To Hold Commencement Ceremony May 17

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Herb KelleherDALLAS (SMU) — SMU's 88th annual commencement ceremony will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 17, in Moody Coliseum. SMU expects to graduate 1,835 students, a record number for the university.

To send them soaring on their new paths, Herb Kelleher, founder and chairman of the board of Southwest Airlines, will give the commencement address. Kelleher will discuss unique life and business practices that have made him a legend in his industry and Southwest Airlines one of the most profitable airlines in the world. Kelleher also will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws from SMU.


* No tickets are necessary to enter Moody.
* Reserved media seating is on the south side of the auditorium, section F (stage left).
* The Processional Walk will begin at 9:30 a.m.
* A mult box will be provided.
* No photographers will be allowed on the main floor with the graduates.
* Parking is available in the garage at Airline Extension and SMU Boulevard.
* A campus map is available at
* For more information, call Meredith Dickenson at 972-989-2198 or Ellen Sterner at 214-507-4179.


A record number of graduates will receive diplomas from SMU this year. The last record year was 1992 with 1,710 graduates. Diplomas will be presented in 19 separate school and department ceremonies across the campus beginning at noon and continuing throughout the day.

The largest number of degree candidates this year is the Edwin L. Cox School of Business, which anticipates awarding 614 degrees. Other preliminary totals are Dedman College of Humanities, 366; the Dedman School of Law, 277; Meadow School of the Arts, 305; Perkins School of Theology, 55; and the School of Engineering, 180.


Other honorary degree recipients include SMU Anthropology Professor Emeritus Fred Wendorf, who will receive a Doctor of Science; ambassador Nancy Brinker, founder of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, who will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters; and playwright and screenwriter Horton Foote, who will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters.


Two honorary degree recipients, Foote and Wendorf, will be participate in events prior to commencement that will highlight their achievements:

Thursday, May 15

* 6 to 8 p.m. the opening reception for the library's new exhibit, "Horton Foote and The Trip to Bountiful, 1953-2003;" DeGolyer Library,

Friday, May 16

* 2 p.m. panel discussion, "Horton Foote on Stage and on Screen;" Greer Garson Theatre

* 3:30 p.m. panel discussion with Wendorf and leading anthropologists, "The Hunt for Eve: The Origins and Dispersal of Modern Humans;"