COMMENCEMENT

SMU CLASS OF 2016

YOUR SMU STORY

YOUR SMU STORY

THE YEAR IS 2012 YOU CAME TO US FRESH-EYED, YOUNG & ENERGETIC

  • SMU had 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.

  • 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 knew you would change; how much difference you could make, we also left it to you.

Your SMU Story

YOUR SMU STORY

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.

  • 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 2012, we welcomed you with pomp and ceremony.

Your SMU Story

YOUR SMU STORY

LET'S CELEBRATE
THE FINALE
IN STYLE

Congratulations
Class of 2016!

About commencement

ABOUT COMMENCEMENT

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!

  • 1
    ORIGINS

    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.

  • 2
    THE 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

ABOUT COMMENCEMENT

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.

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 the master's degree, the gown has oblong sleeves and it may be worn open or closed.

HOODS

The colours of
the hood signify
the field of study.

1
COPPER

Bachelor of Science (Economics)

Master of Science in Applied Economics

Master of Science in Financial Economics

PhD in Economics

2
CITRON

Bachelor of Social Science

Master of Tri-Sector Collaboration

3
PURPLE

Bachelor of Laws

Juris Doctor Programme

Master of Laws

4
DRAB

Bachelor of Business Management

Executive Master of Business Administration

Graduate Diploma in Public Relations

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 Management

Master of Science in Quantitative Finance

Master of Science in Wealth Management

PhD in Business (Finance)

PhD in Business (General Management)

5
GOLDEN YELLOW

Bachelor of Science

(Information Systems)

Master of IT in Business

PhD in Information Systems

6
DRAB WITH GOLD TRIMMINGS

Bachelor of Accountancy

Master of Professional Accounting

Master of Science in CFO Leadership

About commencement

ABOUT COMMENCEMENT

SMU GOWNS

SMU Ceremonial Gowns For the Patron, Chancellor, Chairman and Guest of Honour

SMU Official Gowns For the President, Provost, Vice Provost & Deans

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 symbolise the staff and students of SMU, the community at large and Singapore.

Getting Ready

GETTING READY

IT'S FINALLY TIME TO CELEBRATE! Here's a step-by-step guide on the Commencement essentials to prepare for the big DAY.Here's a step-by-step guide on the Commencement essentials

1
COMMENCEMENT 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 2016. Only those who have officially graduated in the following terms are eligible.

For undergraduates AY 2014-15: Term 3B
AY 2015-16: Terms 1, 2, 3A, Modified Term 2

For postgraduatesAugust 2015 - June 2016

Step 1.2: Register for CommencementPlease login with your user name (SMU email address) and password (Campus ID as printed on your SMU Student Card).

GEtting Ready

GETTING READY

IT'S FINALLY TIME TO CELEBRATE! Here's a step-by-step guide on the Commencement essentials to prepare for the big DAY.

2
ACADEMIC GOWN & INVITATION CARDS

Step 2.1: Order Academic GownPlease login with your user name (SMU email address) and password (Last 3 digits and last letter of your Campus ID as printed on SMU Student Card. For example, if your Campus ID is S0012345A, please enter ‘345A' as your password). 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 : 1 - 2 July 2016 (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, please:
1. Authorise someone to collect it on your behalf OR 
2. Arrange for delivery service with the vendor (delivery fees apply).

Each graduand is entitled to 2 invitation cards for their guests to attend both the Opening and their respective School Ceremonies. The cards will be issued at the cards collection counter during gown collection. Graduands MUST bring a photo ID for verification. Otherwise, SMU reserves the right not to issue the cards.

If you are unable to collect the cards personally, please:
1. Authorise someone to collect on your behalf OR
2. Contact your respective school for collection.

Getting Ready

GETTING READY

IT'S FINALLY TIME TO CELEBRATE! Here's a step-by-step guide on the Commencement essentials to prepare for the big DAY.

Step 2.3: Return Academic Gown

Date : 19 - 20 August 2016 (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 gown personally, please:
1. Arrange for someone to return it on your behalf OR
2. Contact the vendor to make other arrangements (late charges apply).

3
DEGREE 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 The collection details will be indicated in the email/letter from the Registrar's Office. If you are unable to collect the scroll and transcript personally, please authorise someone to collect on your behalf. Additional copies of your official transcript can be purchased here.

The big day

THE BIG DAY

THE BIGGEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE Wednesday 13 July 2016 @ Suntec Convention Centre

Click here for more information on getting to the venue. Click on the individual school ceremonies for more information and layouts.

12.00pm – 2.00pm Registration & Robing for All Graduands Level 3, Concourse


2.30pm – 4.30pm Opening Ceremony for All Graduands, Families & Friends Level 6, Halls 601 – 604


5.00pm – 7.00pm Undergraduate Ceremony for Lee Kong Chian School of Business Level 6, Halls 601 – 604

  Postgraduate Ceremony for Lee Kong Chian School of Business Level 4, Halls 401 – 402

  Ceremony for School of Economics Level 4, Hall 403

  Ceremony for School of Social Sciences Level 4, Hall 404

  Ceremony for School of Information Systems Level 4, Hall 405

  Ceremony for School of Accountancy Level 4, Hall 406

  Ceremony for School of Law Level 6, Hall 606


7.00pm – 8.30pm Buffet Dinner for All Graduands, Families & Friends Level 3, Meeting Rooms

The big day

THE BIG DAY

WHAT GRADUANDS SHOULD DO

STEP
A
: 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
B
: WHAT TO BRING

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

STEP
c
: Register and Robe

Please arrive at Suntec Convention Centre at 12.00pm. Do leave all bags with your family and friends. Kindly proceed for registration at Level 3 Concourse to collect your “call card”. The registration counters will close promptly at 1.45pm.

STEP
d
: Opening Ceremony

Please make your way to Level 6 for the Opening Ceremony. Doors open from 12.30pm. Kindly be seated by 2.00pm. Doors will be closed promptly at 2.15pm.

The big day

THE BIG DAY

WHAT GRADUANDS SHOULD DO

STEP
E
: Enjoy

The Opening Ceremony will feature various speeches and performances by the Graduating Class of 2016. After the Opening Ceremony, please follow our ushers to the respective School Ceremonies.

STEP
F
: Walk the Stage

Join the queue when invited by the ushers. Pass your 'call card' to the reader. As your name is being 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
G
: 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

THE BIG DAY

WHAT FAMILY & FRIENDS
SHOULD DO

STEP
1
: DRESS CODE

Business attire. Jackets and ties are optional for gentlemen.

STEP
2
: ARRIVAL

Please follow our ushers who will guide you to Level 6 for the Opening Ceremony while graduands proceed for Registration at Level 3 Concourse. Due to space constraints, only graduands are allowed in that area.

STEP
3
: Opening Ceremony

Doors for the Opening Ceremony will open from 12.30pm. Seats are on a first-come, first-served basis. Kindly be seated at the designated areas by 2.00pm. Doors will be closed promptly at 2.15pm. Please present the invitation card for admission into the halls. Each card admits one guest only and is specifically for the ceremonies stated. Children below the age of 10 will not be admitted into the halls.

The big day

THE BIG DAY

WHAT FAMILY & FRIENDS
SHOULD DO

STEP
4
: Enjoy

The Opening Ceremony will feature various speeches and performances by the Graduating Class of 2016. After the Opening Ceremony, please follow our ushers to the respective School Ceremonies.

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 2016.

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