Commencement Exercises are held annually for graduates who completed their degree requirements in August 2016, December 2016 and May 2017 of the academic year. Commencement is a three and a half hours ceremony.
The Commencement Exercises include the University Commencement Ceremony, the transmigration of professional and graduate schools, and the Undergraduate Diploma Ceremony.
The University Commencement Ceremony begins at 9 a.m. on Hearn Plaza. It is attended by graduates and guests of all Wake Forest schools and programs and includes remarks from the University President, the keynote speaker address, the awarding of honorary degrees and the conferring of degrees for all graduate and professional schools.
Following the University Commencement Ceremony, the transmigration of all graduate and professional schools will take place at approximately 10:30 a.m. Those graduates will leave Hearn Plaza in a recessional led by faculty marshals and all except Graduate School of Arts & Sciences degree recipients will convene with their guests at various locations for diploma ceremonies and receptions. BA and BS graduates and guests will remain on Hearn Plaza during the transmigration.
The Undergraduate Diploma Ceremony will take place on Hearn Plaza and includes remarks from a representative of the class and the deans, followed by the awarding of bachelor degrees. Graduates who have earned BA and BS degrees from the College and the School of Business will be asked to cross the stage as their names are called.
Commencement tickets are complimentary, but must be reserved online in advance. Commencement is for graduates and their guests and it is not open to the general public. There is a limit of 8 tickets per graduate; graduates do not need tickets. Seating is on a first-come basis.
A Commencement Breakfast will be held in the Reynolda Hall Cafeteria from 6:30-8:30 a.m. Tickets for graduates and guests should be purchased online in advance.
Tickets are not mailed. Undergraduate (BA and BS) ticket pickup is between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Friday, May 12, and Saturday, May 13, at the College Bookstore. Students and/or parents need to bring their IDs to claim tickets. Graduate and professional school students will receive regalia and ticket distribution schedules from their respective schools. More ticket information.
Two parking passes will be included with each graduate’s ticket order. More parking information.