Wake Forest University Commencement: Media arrangements

ake Forest University hosts its 2014 Commencement Ceremony on Hearn Plaza on Monday, May 19, 2014. Members of the news media turned out in force to hear speaker Jill Abramson.

Members of the media are invited to attend Wake Forest University’s commencement ceremony Monday, May 21. Carla Harris, vice chairman, managing director and senior client advisor at Morgan Stanley, will deliver the commencement address to nearly 1,900 graduates.

The outdoor ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. on Hearn Plaza (the Quad). A livestream webcast of the Commencement ceremony will be available at go.wfu.edu/wfu18.

Media credentials and parking passes are required to attend Commencement.

Five individuals will receive honorary degrees at Commencement: Dr. Clinton Forrest Faison III, Carla Harris, Lawrence Joel (posthumous), Dan Porterfield, and Tom Sager. Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan will receive an honorary degree at the baccalaureate service.

The event is not open to the public and parking passes will be required to enter campus. All members of the media are also asked to carry their own media credentials. Morning television crews may arrive as early as 5 a.m.


Media must enter campus through the Reynolda Road entrance. Here’s a link to a campus map and directions to 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.

Reserved parking for television live trucks and satellite trucks only will be in Parking Lot B, located between Taylor and Davis residence halls on the Reynolda Road (west) side of campus.

Reserved parking for all other media will be on Davis Field, near Scales Fine Arts Center.

Members of the media are encouraged to enter Hearn Plaza through the access point (under the arch) from Parking Lot B and will need their media passes. News office staff will greet media at the entrance and direct them to reserved seating.


To access Wake Forest wireless, launch the wireless connection software on your computer to find and connect to the WFUmydevices network. The WFUmydevices wireless network connection has open authentication and no encryption. Open any web browser, type www.wfu.edu and press enter to be redirected to the “Wake Forest University Visitor Wireless Network” webpage. Input the WFUmydevices username and password that is provided below:

Username: WFUGrad
Password: GoDeacs1

Accept the “Acceptable Use Policy” page that comes up after the login page to continue wireless access.

Social media

The commencement hashtag is #WFUGrad and the official Wake Forest Twitter account is @WakeForest, Instagram is @wfuniversity and Facebook is @wfuniversity.


Reserved media seating for reporters and still photographers will be in the front row. Direct audio feeds and power outlets will be provided. One platform will be available for TV cameras (approx. 170 ft. from the stage). Though there is plenty of media seating available, it will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Recording (video and audio) and still photography

There are no restrictions.

Inclement weather plan

In case of inclement weather, the commencement ceremony will be moved to Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum (2825 University Parkway) and begin at 9:30 a.m. Media will be notified by early morning May 21 if the inclement weather plan is put into effect. More information regarding media arrangements for the inclement weather plan will be distributed as needed. Scheduled live shots will be moved to the Coliseum.

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