Dec. 17, 2007

SMU holds December graduation ceremonies

DALLAS (SMU) – Some 705 students graduated during December ceremonies at Southern Methodist University on Saturday.

Because of the growing number of students who graduate at the end of the fall semester, the two-hour event was held in Moody Coliseum for the first time. The principal address was given by Paul Ludden, SMUís provost, vice president for academic affairs and a scholar in environmental biochemistry.

The number of students graduating in December has increased by more than 80 percent in the last 10 years, from 386 in 1997 to more than 700 this year. For Saturdayís ceremonies, there were 322 candidates for bachelorís degrees, 329 for masterís degrees, 37 for professional degrees, 16 for doctoral degrees and one for a certificate.

See a slide show of the event or watch a video of remarks by SMU President R. Gerald Turner and principal address by Provost Ludden.

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