Kayley Hernandez, a sophomore Orientation Leader from Rockwall, TX is here to share about SMU’s traditions. Kayley is double majoring in Finance and Philosophy with minors in Law & Legal Reasoning and Education.
Incoming students, I am so excited to be one of the first people to introduce you to the amazing traditions we have here at SMU. Our traditions are one of the main reasons behind why our campus has such a close-knit student body. From the chants, to the events various campus groups plan, they all bring us together in ways that we might never have thought we could before. I’m so excited to get to talk to y’all about some of my favorite traditions we have here at SMU.
1. Boulevarding is my absolute favorite tradition at SMU. Before every home football game we don’t tailgate… we boulevard. Everyone gathers on SMU’s well-known Bishop Boulevard, nicknamed “the boulevard”, to eat food and hang out with friends to get ready to cheer on our football team at that afternoon’s game. It’s a great way to connect the students and staff along with the people of the surrounding cities of Highland Park and Dallas.
2. Celebration of Lights is the popular event that happens during the winter holidays. Everyone gathers on Dallas Hall lawn to listen to student groups singing Christmas carols and hear President Turner read the Christmas Story. There are cookies and hot chocolate, and it is the perfect event to go to with a group of your friends to ring in the holidays. At the end of the performance, Dallas Hall and the trees lining Dallas Hall lawn light up the night sky, and it truly is a beautiful sight.
3. Peruna Palooza is the huge birthday party we throw for Peruna on Dallas Hall lawn in the Spring semester. There are bounce houses and obstacle courses to help us “old” college kids feel like we are little kids again. There is a lot of free food, and it’s an awesome event to get a group of your friends together and have some stress-free fun before midterm season creeps up right around the corner.
These are only just a few of the many traditions here on SMU’s campus. We also have traditions such as Residential Common Olympics, Common Reading, and Convocation that you will get to experience starting during your time at Mustang Corral. I can’t wait for you guys to get to experience SMU, see our amazing traditions, and pick your favorites to go to. Congrats on your decision to join SMU’s tight-knit campus! I am so excited for you to finally participate in all of our traditions as an SMU Mustang.