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Stephen Colbert will deliver Wake Forest's Commencement address on May 18, 2015. Jonathan L. Walton will be the Baccalaureate speaker.

Comedian Stephen Colbert to deliver WFU’s 2015 commencement address

Comedian, political satirist and late night television host Stephen Colbert will deliver WFU’s commencement address on May 18. Jonathan L. Walton, the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals at Harvard University will deliver the baccalaureate speech.


‘Show what you are made of’

It was the commencement ceremony the entire country was watching. Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson addresses the Class of 2014 and members of more than 30 media organizations less than a week after losing the top job at the nation’s most distinguished newspaper.

Elizabeth Jay ('14)

Finishing strong

It was on a two-week summer road trip with her mom that Elizabeth Jay (’14) entered the gates of Wake Forest for the first time. Like so many, as soon as they stepped onto campus, they realized Wake Forest was the perfect school for Elizabeth. “In a rare mother-daughter moment, we completely agreed,” commented the […]


Abramson to speak at Commencement

Jill Abramson, former executive editor of The New York Times, will deliver the Commencement address on Monday, May 19. Melissa Rogers, special assistant to the President and executive director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, is the Baccalaureate speaker.


Meet the Class of 2014

Meet 14 graduates inspired by their experiences at Wake Forest to lead lives that matter.

John Winslow ('13) holds his great grandfather's 1913 yearbook.

Century links generations of grads

John Burnley Winslow’s graduation present is a 1913 Wake Forest yearbook. When Winslow walks across the stage to get his diploma, it will be exactly 100 years after his great grandfather Albert Rufus Phillips earned his Wake Forest degree in May of 1913.


Ifill to speak at Commencement

Gwen Ifill, moderator and managing editor of “Washington Week” and senior correspondent for the “PBS NewsHour” will deliver Wake Forest’s 2013 commencement address on Monday, May 20. Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo, president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), will speak at Baccalaureate.

Vice President for Personal and Career Development Andy Chan with members of the Class of 2012 (photo credit: D.L. Anderson for The Wall Street Journal)

Wall Street Journal features WFU

The Wall Street Journal prominently featured Wake Forest for its national leadership in making personal and career development a mission-critical component of the college experience. The article, “Colleges Get Career-Minded”, appeared the day after commencement.

Charlie Ergan

Message to grads: ‘Never, never stop learning’

Few people were more excited to hear Wake Forest’s commencement address than graduate Alison Moy. That’s because keynote speaker Charlie Ergen, the chairman of satellite broadcaster DISH Network Corporation and EchoStar Communications Corporation, soon will be Moy’s new boss.

All of Linville and Mary Jon Roach's grandchildren continued the long family tradition of attending Wake Forest. From left to right: Davis and Emily Roach, Michelle and Allison Lange.

Born to be Demon Deacons

Everyone at Wake Forest shares a special bond, but seniors Curtis Vann and Emily Roach have more in common than most from the Class of 2012. Not only do both come from a long line of Wake Foresters dating back to the old campus, their fathers became best friends and roommates in Taylor Hall more than 30 years ago.