Several factors, including state restrictions on gathering sizes and recommendations from public health experts, are contributing to Wake Forest’s decisions regarding 2021 Commencement.
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Questions & Answers
Details and additional information about what graduating students and their families should expect for this year’s commencement will be posted once it has been confirmed. In the meantime, we have posted answers to questions that you may have below.
How are the decisions regarding commencement being made?
Why can’t the ceremony be held on Hearn Plaza?
Several factors, including state restrictions on gathering sizes and recommendations from public health experts contributed to Wake Forest’s decisions regarding 2021 Commencement.
Will this affect the Class of 2020’s ceremony?
The University is currently seeking input from the Class of 2020 about how to create a meaningful moment of in-person celebration.
Should I order my cap and gown?
Yes. Photo opportunities on Hearn Plaza will be available for graduates and regalia should be worn to the weekend ceremonies and celebrations.
How does this pertain to graduate and professional school students?
Each graduate and professional school will plan and host ceremonies and celebrations appropriate for the size of their graduating class.
Who will be the Commencement speaker?
No decisions have been made about speakers at this time.
What is the rain plan?
The outdoor ceremonies and celebrations will be held rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, events will be conducted virtually.
When will additional information be available?
Additional details about the celebrations, including ticketing, times and venues will be shared as they become available and posted here.
Is there any chance these plans for commencement will change?
If public health conditions worsen or new state or federal restrictions are put in place, we will need to adjust our plans accordingly.