General Information

The information below is subject to change. We encourage you to check back often for the most up-to-date information.

Security Preparations

As part of Wake Forest’s security measures for Commencement weekend events, all bags will be checked.

Bag checks are intended to enhance the University’s comprehensive efforts to ensure a safe and secure setting for Commencement weekend activities. The practice of checking bags at such events is being introduced at an increasing number of colleges and universities nationwide.

Wake Forest is encouraging guests not to bring a bag, if possible, to any Commencement Weekend event. Anyone bringing any kind of bag will have to have it checked before being allowed to enter the event venue.

Bag checks will assist the university in preventing numerous prohibited items from being allowed in, such as, but not limited to:

  • Alcohol
  • Noisemakers
  • Pets
  • Pocket knives
  • Signs on sticks
  • Suitcases
  • Tripods
  • Umbrellas
  • Weapons of any kind.

Please factor in time for bag checks as you make plans to travel to campus for Commencement weekend events.

Severe Weather Plan

University leaders will monitor weather conditions and will make every attempt to hold the commencement ceremony outside on Hearn Plaza. In the event of some rain, commencement exercises may still continue outdoors. Ponchos will be available for graduates, but guests are encouraged to bring their own rain gear and plan accordingly.

Public Health Guidelines

While proof of vaccination isn’t required for guests, we encourage vaccinations for all. Over 90% of our campus community is vaccinated. We greatly appreciate the willingness of everyone in the Wake Forest community to adhere to and follow health and safety guidelines to support the safety of all Wake Foresters.

Currently, all academic buildings are closed to visitors, and masks are required in all indoor spaces.

For additional information regarding steps the University is taking to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission on campus, we strongly encourage you to review the University’s COVID-19 Notice.