Bloomberg to address WFU grads: C-SPAN to broadcast ceremony

Editors’ Note: A transcript of Bloomberg’s remarks, sound clips from his address and photos from the ceremony will be available for media use on the News Service Web site following commencement. Contact the News Service for further information.

Michael R. Bloomberg, mayor of New York City and founder of the information services, news and media company Bloomberg L.P., will deliver Wake Forest University’s 161st commencement address and receive an honorary doctor of laws degree May 19. The title of Bloomberg’s speech is “The Choice Is Yours.”

Approximately 1,478 undergraduate and graduate students will receive diplomas at the 9 a.m. outdoor ceremony on Wake Forest’s University Plaza (the Quad).

The ceremony will be taped by C-SPAN as part of a commencement feature to be broadcast at a later date. The 9 a.m. ceremony will also be broadcast live on the Internet at In the event of rain, the ceremony will be moved to Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum and will not be available on the Internet. If moved to the coliseum, the ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m.

WFDD (88.5 FM), National Public Radio station at Wake Forest University, will broadcast Bloomberg’s entire speech and excerpts from the ceremony May 19 at 8 p.m.

In addition to Bloomberg, Wake Forest will award four other honorary degrees during the commencement ceremony including one to Richard Carmona, 17th surgeon general of the United States. Carmona is giving the hooding address for the Wake Forest School of Medicine May 18.

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