Commencement Weekend

Commencement on Hearn Plaza

Wake Forest has announced that the 2018 commencement ceremony will take place as originally scheduled on Hearn Plaza on Monday, May 21, at 9 a.m. Read the announcement »

Baccalaureate Service

Sunday, May 20, 2018

9 a.m.  |  Wait Chapel

A complimentary ticket is required.
Limit of 2 tickets per graduate.

Graduation Exercises

Monday, May 21, 2018

9 a.m.  |   Hearn Plaza

A complimentary ticket is required.
Limit of 8 tickets per graduate.

Commencement Speaker Announced

Carla Harris to Deliver 2018 Commencement Address at WFU

Carla HarrisVice chairman, managing director and senior client advisor at Morgan Stanley, will deliver Wake Forest University’s commencement address.

During her 30-year career, Harris has had extensive industry experiences in the technology, media, retail, telecommunications, transportation, industrial and healthcare sectors — landing major deals including the initial public offerings of UPS and Martha Stewart Living. She now oversees Morgan Stanley’s Multicultural Innovation Lab.

Baccalaureate speaker will be His Eminence Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan

His Eminence Timothy Michael Cardinal DolanAlso joining Wake Forest for the commencement weekend will be Baccalaureate speaker His Eminence Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan. Dolan was named Archbishop of New York by Pope Benedict XVI on Feb. 23, 2009. Following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Dolan participated in the Conclave that elected Pope Francis in March 2013.

President's Welcome

A Message From President Nathan O. Hatch

Let me offer my deepest congratulations to the members of our graduating class! Their achievements and successes are why we will gather together and celebrate in May.

Commencement is an exciting time in the life of any college or university and a weekend I look forward to every year. Students, families, faculty members and friends gather to celebrate the culmination of a considerable academic accomplishment.

One long-standing Wake Forest tradition is held on Sunday afternoon of Commencement weekend when many academic departments host receptions. At the heart of a Wake Forest education is the faculty, and I hope all of you will make time to attend the reception sponsored by your student’s major area. Take a moment to meet some of the outstanding faculty who have worked with your student throughout his or her time on campus.

We all look forward to welcoming you and your family to campus for Commencement. Tickets are required for many of the weekend’s events, so I encourage you to register and make travel arrangements early. I look forward to celebrating with you in May.


Nathan O. Hatch