Celebrating the Accomplishments of SMU Graduate Students


By SMU Graduate Studies on May 24, 2018

SMU Commencement-students-auditoriumThis Saturday, SMU was thrilled to welcome 42 new Ph.D.s in 18 different fields into the world.

At the University commencement on Saturday, May 19th, President Turner and our faculty and administrators celebrated the amazing accomplishments of all of our graduates, but the culmination of years of doctoral study is something special. Not just learning but creating new knowledge for the world – this is what our graduates have done, and they will leave a mark on their fields as scholars and innovators.

The night before the University-wide commencement, we celebrated our Ph.D. graduates with a special dinner in their honor. James Quick, Associate Vice President for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies, hosted this special event and we were thrilled to welcome 27 of our Ph.D. graduates, their advisors and special guests.

In addition to honoring their accomplishments at SMU, we also celebrate what comes next on the journey – postdoctoral fellowships, tenure-track appointments at universities around the world, and positions in industry working on cutting-edge technology.   

SMU has a long history of producing thoughtful, principled leaders. Graduates of SMU have gone on to win the Nobel Prize in Physics, win the Pulitzer Prize, win Tony, Emmy, Grammy, and Academy awards, pioneer treatments for breast cancer, run Fortune 50 companies, serve as leaders of humanitarian organizations, win Olympic medals, win Heisman trophies, win top national awards for philanthropy, and much more.

We are proud of this illustrious history of excellence and also proud of our commitment to each other. In past years, The Princeton Review and The Economist have given top ranks to the strength and quality of our alumni network.

The SMU mission is to “create, expand, and impart knowledge through teaching, research, and service, shaping world changers who contribute to their communities and excel in their professions in a global society.”

The journey through graduate school is long, and can be intimidating, but our graduates are leaving us ready to conquer the world. We are so proud of all of our graduates, and look forward to seeing the amazing things they will accomplish next.

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