SMU Speaks on Plan for December Commencement and Spring 2021 Semester

The Office of the President detailed SMU’s plan for December Commencement and the spring semester in an email sent to students and faculty on October 14.

As of now, Ford Stadium will hold Commencement on Saturday, December 19 at 1 p.m. Though, if there is a conflict with the potential championship game for SMU’s football team, Moody Coliseum will hold two separate ceremonies.

SMU has canceled spring break to minimize travel and will move forward through the semester; however, Good Friday will remain a university holiday.

The university is also looking to have a small number of fully in-person courses for undergraduate classes. Though, SMU will give priority to performance-based classes and labs.

SMUFlex and virtual-only classes will remain an option for all students as well.

Looking to next semester, President Turner assures campus leaders, faculty, and staff are continuously evaluating what has proven effective and what may need to change from this fall semester.

SMU will update the Fall Operations Plan accordingly for the spring semester to better serve both students and professors in terms of academics and overall campus experience.

Students will not return to campus after Thanksgiving break and will complete their classes and finals remotely.

SMU will still hold Jan Term classes, starting Jan. 7, 2021, and students will return to campus for the spring semester on Jan. 25, 2021, a week later than in the past.

Spring enrollment will start on Nov. 16 and will be by appointment from Nov. 16-20 and remain open until the add period is over for the spring semester.

As President Turner concluded his message, he urges everyone to continue remaining safe and cautious, as it has proven effective thus far.