Wake Forest University has several connections to former First Lady Barbara Bush, who died today at the age of 92.
Bush delivered Wake Forest’s Commencement address in 2001 to 1,349 graduates, challenging them to live the University’s motto, Pro Humanitate (In Service to Humanity), long after graduation.
“Thanks to Wake Forest’s wonderful tradition of service, embodied in your school motto, you’ve already been taught the value of service to others,” Bush said. “But now comes the hard part, figuring out how to carry on this tradition for the rest of your life.”
Bush spoke to more than 10,000 friends and family gathered on University Plaza, now named Hearn Plaza, on a rainy Monday morning. She encouraged graduates to make three important choices in life: to believe in something larger than themselves, to remember that life should be fun, and to cherish relationships with friends and family.
She was also awarded an honorary doctorate of humanities during the ceremony.
Additional family connections include: