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Abramson to speak at Commencement

Jill Abramson, 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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Ergen to speak at commencement

Charlie Ergen, the chairman of satellite broadcaster Dish Network Corporation and EchoStar Communications Corporation, will deliver the commencement address on May 21. Jonathan T.M. Reckford, the CEO of Habitat for Humanity International, will deliver the baccalaureate address.

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Message to grads: Be lifelong learners

Monday was the start of a big week for Anna Walker and Joe Hester. Five days after graduating from Wake Forest, they’re getting married in Winston-Salem. They were among about 945 undergraduates and 700 graduate and professional students to receive diplomas during Wake Forest’s commencement ceremony on Hearn Plaza Monday morning. “The last four years […]

President Hatch shakes hands with a graduate.

Class of 2011 graduates

More than 1,600 graduates and their families gathered on Hearn Plaza under cloudy skies for the 2011 Commencement Ceremony. In her speech, “For Humanity,” PepsiCo CEO Indra K. Nooyi urged graduates to keep their curiosity and stay positive. See photo galleries, videos and more.

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2011 Commencement address

PepsiCo CEO Indra K. Nooyi delivered the address at Wake Forest’s 2011 Commencement ceremony. Read the text of her speech.