Your SMU Story
Year 2011
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The Year is 2011

YOU CAME TO US FRESH-EYED, YOUNG & ENERGETIC

SMU has a mission and promise to fulfil to your family and friends.

To transform you into bold, confident, articulate and knowledgeable men and women who could take on the world.

Transforming you was an easy task, because we had good solid materials to work with.

We showed you the steps;
How high you could climb, we left it to you.

We know you would change;
How much difference
you could make,
we also left it to you.

Your SMU Story
Year 2011
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4 Awesome Years Later

we have fulfilled our promises to your family and friends.

We are very proud of each and every one of you.
Thank you for giving us this opportunity.

We thank your family and friends for their confidence and faith when they entrusted you to us four years ago.

At Convocation 2011,
we welcomed you
with pomp and ceremony.

ABOUT COMMENCEMENT
ORIGINS & TRADITIONS
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Let's Celebrate THE FINALE IN STYLE

Congratulations Class of 2015!

ABOUT COMMENCEMENT

Commencement marks the start of a new chapter in your lives. It is also the time that we as a University celebrate the official graduation of a whole new cohort. Every year, this new graduating cohort joins the ranks of thousands of SMU alumni as future leaders of business, government, academia and private enterprise. At SMU Commencement, we celebrate each of our students who will lead and shape our world!

1ORIGINS

Medieval Europe. University of Bologna, Italy, 1160 A.D. Started as an initiation ceremony for new university teachers. Now adopted by colleges and universities worldwide.

2THE TRADITIONS OF ACADEMIC REGALIA

The full academic regalia consists of a traditional gown, a hood and mortarboard/cap with tassel. The original dress of a scholar was the dress of a cleric. As buildings in those days were unheated, long gowns with hood were worn for protection against the cold.

ABOUT COMMENCEMENT
GOWNS & MORTARBOARDS
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Gowns:

Black is the most common colour for the academic gown. The gown for the bachelor's degree has pointed sleeves and is designed to be worn closed. For master's degree, the gown has the oblong sleeves and it may be worn open or closed.

MORTARBOARDS:

The mortarboard is usually square with a tassel attached to it. The tassel is moved from right to left when the degree is conferred.

HOODS:

The colours of the hood signify the field of study.

CITRON

  • Bachelor of Social Science
  • Master of Tri-Sector Collaboration
  • PhD in Psychology

COPPER

  • Bachelor of Science (Economics)
  • Master of Science in Applied Economics
  • Master of Science in Financial Economics
  • PhD in Economics

DRAB

  • Bachelor of Business Management
  • Executive Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science in Applied Finance
  • Master of Science in Communication Management
  • Master of Science in Innovation
  • Master of Science in Quantitative Finance
  • Master of Science in Wealth Management
  • PhD in Business (Finance)

DRAB WITH GOLD TRIMMINGS

  • Bachelor of Accountancy
  • Master of Professional Accounting
  • Master of Science in CFO Leadership

GOLDEN YELLOW

  • Bachelor of Science
    (Information Systems Management)
  • Master of Applied Information Systems
  • Master of Science
  • Master of IT in Business
  • Master of Science in Information Systems
  • PhD in Information Systems

PURPLE

  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Juris Doctor Programme
  • Master of Laws
ABOUT COMMENCEMENT
GONFALONS & MACE
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SMU Gowns

SMU Ceremonial GownsFor the Patron, Chancellor, Chairman and Guest of Honour

SMU Official GownsFor the Patron, Chancellor, Chairman and Guest of Honour

Gonfalons

The School gonfalons carry the SMU crest in the centre against a white backdrop. The lower portion of each gonfalon has the school's name fully spelt out in white against the designated colour of each School.

University Mace

The university mace represents the university's power to grant degrees. The SMU mace has a 'retro-modernist' design, incorporating the traditional uses and metaphors of a mace, with modern aesthetics suitable for the 21st century beginnings of a university. At the top of the headset is the text "SINGAPORE 2000". This suggests hierarchy, with the country and state at the very pinnacle. The three sectional banners of the headset bear the symbol of the "Tangram Lion", representing SMU. The three sectional banners also represent the values of SMU in innovative pedagogy, research and educational excellence. The three jadeite inserts on each side of each quadrant banner symbolize the staff and students of SMU, the community at large and Singapore.

GETTING READY
REGISTRATION
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IT'S
FINALLY
TIME TO CELEBRATE!

Here's a step-by-step guide on the Commencement essentials to prepare for the big party.

STEP BY STEP GUIDE

COMMENCEMENT

REGISTRATION

ACADEMIC GOWN &

INVITE CARDS

DEGREE SCROLL &

TRANSCRIPT

1Commencement Registration

Step 1.1: Check your SMU Email

Check your SMU Email account for an email from the Registrar's office to confirm your eligibility for Commencement 2015. Only those who have officially graduated in the following terms are eligible.

For undergraduates AY 2013-14: Term 3B
AY 2014-15: Terms 1, 2, 3A, Modified Term 2

For postgraduatesAugust 2014 - June 2015

Step 1.2: Register for Commencement in June

Please login with your user name (SMU email address) and password (Campus ID as printed on your SMU Student Card).

GETTING READY
ACADEMIC GOWN & INVITATION CARDS
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2ACADEMIC GOWN & INVITATION CARDS

Step 2.1: Order Academic Gown

Please login with your user name (SMU email address) and password (Last 3 digits and last letter of your Campus ID. For example, if your Campus ID is S9012345A, please enter ‘345A’). You may choose to either buy or rent the academic gown. Double degree graduands should indicate clearly their choice of ceremony.

Step 2.2: Collect Academic Gown & Invitation Cards

Date:   3 - 4 July 2015 (Friday & Saturday)
Time:   9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Venue:   Administration Building,
Level 4 Function Room 4.1 & Foyer

If you are unable to collect the gown personally, you can:
1. Authorise someone to collect it on your behalf (please write a simple authorisation letter for this purpose) OR
2. Arrange for delivery service with the vendor (delivery fees apply).

Each graduand will be given 2 invitation cards for their guests to attend both the Opening and School Ceremonies. The cards will be given out to the graduands only during the gown collection days on 3 - 4 July 2015. There will be a desk for graduands to collect their invitation cards for their guests at the gown collection venue. Graduands are required to bring their student cards for verification when collecting the invitation cards.

If you are unable to collect the invitation cards on these 2 days, please contact the respective schools to do so.

Step 2.3: Return Academic Gowns

Date:   21 - 22 August 2015 (Friday & Saturday)
Time:   9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Venue:   Administration Building,
Level 4 Function Room 4.1 & Foyer

If you are unable to return the gowns on the scheduled dates, please contact the vendor to make other arrangements (late charges apply).

THE BIG DAY
DEGREE SCROLL & TRANSCRIPT
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3DEGREE SCROLL & TRANSCRIPT

Step 3.1: Check your SMU Email

Once your degree scroll and official transcript are ready for collection, you will be notified through your SMU email and a letter to your mailing address based on the University records.

Step 3.2: Clear any Outstanding Fees

Settle all outstanding debts, fees and library loans owing to the University prior to this collection to prevent an administrative "hold" over your degree scroll and official transcript.

Step 3.3: Collect Degree Scroll and Transcript

Please collect these documents personally. A written letter of authorisation is required if someone else is collecting them on your behalf. The collection details will be indicated in the email/letter from the Registrar's Office.

Purchase Additional Copies?

Click here to purchase additional copies of the official transcript after Commencement. As your degree scroll and offical transcript are to be collected from the Registrar's Office, you will be receiving an empty degree scroll folder on stage during the ceremony.

Photo Day 2015

End your SMU journey as a student with a bang and celebrate your achievements with us @ SMU Photo Day. Come with your entourage, family and friends for a day of crazy, fun and memorable photography here at SMU.

Bring your gown and mortarboard but dispense with the formalities. Get decked out in the wacky costumes, zany props we have in store and strike a pose at the various photo-booths or a memorable location around campus (gym and library, anyone?)

The Big Day
Schedule
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THE
BIGGEST
DAY OF
YOUR LIFE

Click here for more information on getting to Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre

Click to view map

*LKCSB undergraduates will be informed via email and letter, by end June, the specific ceremony which they are assigned to. Each graduand will attend only one ceremony and they are not allowed to switch ceremony.

THE BIG DAY
What Graduands Should Do
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What Graduands Should Do

Step 1: What to Bring

NRIC or SMU Student Card for registration.
Academic gown, hood and mortarboard.

Step 2: Dress Code

Men: Long-sleeved shirt with collar, tie and dark-coloured pants with dress shoes.
Ladies: Long-sleeved blouse with collar and dark-coloured skirt or pants with covered pumps.

Step 3: Register and Robe

Please arrive at Suntec Convention Centre Level 3 Concourse at 11.00am.
Do leave all bags with your family and friends who will be ushered to halls 601-604.
Collect your 'call card' at the registration counter and keep it in good condition.
You should proceed to the designated robing areas to put on your robe and hood.
Kindly note that registration counters will close at 2.00pm.

Step 4: Opening Ceremony

Please make your way to halls 601-604 for the Opening Ceremony.
Doors open from 12.30pm. Kindly be seated by 2.00pm.
Doors will be closed promptly at 2.15pm.

Step 5: Enjoy

The Opening Ceremony will feature various speeches and performances by the Graduating Class of 2015. After the Opening Ceremony, please quickly make your way to the respective halls as the School Ceremonies will start promptly at 5.00pm.

Step 6: Walk the Stage

Join the queue when invited by the ushers. Pass your 'call card' to the reader. As your name is read out, walk towards your Dean, who will hand you an empty Commencement folder. Upon receiving your degree folder, smile for the camera. Our ushers will guide you back to your seat.

Step 7: Clap! Cheer! Snap!

Clap and cheer loudly for your friends and make this moment extra special for everyone. We’ve got professional photographers to capture your shining moment, so all you need to do is enjoy. You may bring your own camera, but kindly refrain from flash photography. After your School Ceremony, you are invited to a buffet dinner, together with your family and friends.

THE BIG DAY
What Family & Friends Should Do
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What Family & Friends Should Do

Step 1: Dress Code

Business attire. Jackets and ties are optional for gentlemen.

Step 2: Arrival

There will be ushers to guide you to the halls 601 – 604 for the Opening Ceremony.
Graduands will register and robe at Level 3 Concourse.
Due to space constraints, only graduands are allowed in that area.

Step 3: Seating

The halls will be opened at 12.30pm. Please present your invitation card for admission.
Entrance is strictly by invitation cards only. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Children under the age of 10 are not allowed into the ceremony.
Kindly take your seats by 2.00pm. Doors will be closed promptly at 2.15pm.

Step 4: Enjoy

The Opening Ceremony will feature various speeches and performances by the Graduating Class of 2015. After the Opening Ceremony, please quickly make your way to the respective halls as the School Ceremonies will start promptly at 5.00pm.

Step 5: Clap! Cheer! Snap!

Clap and cheer loudly for the graduands and make this moment extra special for everyone. Professional photographers will capture the ceremonies including the presentation of degrees to every graduand. If you are bringing a camera, please refrain from flash photography as it may cause over-exposure of the professional photographs. After the School Ceremony, you are invited to a buffet dinner, together with the Graduating Class of 2015.

Memorabilia
Visit the SMU Shop
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