Traffic detours for May 20 Wake Forest commencement

Commencement traffic on the Reynolda Campus

Wake Forest University will be closed to through traffic for its commencement ceremony Monday, May 20, from 5:30 a.m. until the ceremony ends around noon. Frederick J. Ryan Jr., publisher and chief executive officer of The Washington Post, will deliver the commencement address to nearly 2,000 graduates.

Commencement parking passes and commencement tickets are required to enter campus and attend the event. Passes and tickets are reserved for graduates and their guests. Those without commencement parking passes will not be allowed to enter campus. A livestream webcast of the ceremony will be available at

Traffic at the University’s Reynolda Road, Polo Road and University Parkway entrances is likely to be heavy. Anyone not attending the commencement ceremony should plan to take alternate routes around campus.

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 20 if the inclement weather plan is put into effect. More information regarding media arrangements for the inclement weather plan will be distributed as needed.

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