Media Advisory: Wake Forest University Commencement: Media arrangements

Members of the media are invited to attend Wake Forest University’s commencement ceremony Monday, May 20. Gwen Ifill, moderator and managing editor of “Washington Week” and senior correspondent for the “PBS NewsHour” will deliver Wake Forest’s 2013 commencement address.

The outdoor ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. on Hearn Plaza (the Quad). The event is not open to the public and parking passes will be required to enter campus. To ensure access to campus for your staff, please request passes by May 16.  All members of the media are also asked to carry their own media credentials. Early morning television crews may arrive as early as 5 a.m.


Reserved media parking will be on Davis Field, near Scales Fine Arts Center. Media must enter campus through the Reynolda Road entrance. Reserved parking for television trucks only will be in Parking Lot B, located between Taylor and Davis residence halls on the Reynolda Road (west) side of campus.  Because of heavy traffic, all members of the media are encouraged to allow plenty of time to park and set up on Hearn Plaza.  Here’s a link to a campus map.

Members of the media are encouraged to enter Hearn Plaza through the access point from Parking Lot B and will need their media passes.


Reserved media seating will be in the front row. Direct audio feeds and power outlets will be provided.

In case of rain, the commencement ceremony will be moved to Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum and begin at 9:30 a.m. Media will be notified by early morning May 20 if the rain plan is put into effect.  More information regarding media arrangements for the coliseum will be distributed as needed.

Here’s a link to commencement-related story ideas.


About Wake Forest University:

Wake Forest University combines the best traditions of a small liberal arts college with the resources of a large research university. Founded in 1834, the school is located in Winston-Salem, N.C. The University’s graduate school of arts and sciences, divinity school, and nationally ranked schools of law, medicine and business enrich our intellectual environment. Learn more about Wake Forest University at


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