All undergraduate Commencement activities will take place on Sunday, May 16 in the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Students will be assigned to one of four diploma ceremonies based on the degree earned and primary major. These events will feature remarks from University leaders and individual recognition of each graduate as they cross the stage. Ceremonies will last about one hour each. Faculty have the option to participate in the processional for any or all of the four diploma ceremonies.
To ensure we have adequate reserved seats for you, please confirm your attendance for each ceremony you plan to attend no later than Friday, May 7.
2021 Diploma Ceremonies
- Sunday, May 16, 2021
- Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Bachelor of Science: School of Business Diploma Ceremony
- 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. (Faculty should arrive at 7:30 a.m.)
- Honorees: Seniors graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Business with the primary major: Accounting, Business and Enterprise Management, Finance, and Mathematical Business
Bachelor of Science Diploma Ceremony
- 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Faculty should arrive at 10 a.m.)
- Honorees: Seniors graduating with a Bachelor of Science (Wake Forest College) with a primary major in Applied Mathematics, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Biology, Biophysics, Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry & Drug Discovery, Computer Science, Engineering, Health & Exercise Science, Interdisciplinary Studies, Mathematical Economics, Mathematical Statistics, Mathematics, or Physics.
Bachelor of Arts Diploma Ceremony I
- 1:30-2:30 p.m. (Faculty should arrive at 12:30 p.m.)
- Honorees: Seniors graduating with a Bachelor of Arts with the primary major: Anthropology, Art (Art History and Studio Art), Biology (BA), Chemistry (BA), Chinese Language & Culture, Classical Languages – Latin, Classical Studies, Communication, Computer Science, Economics, Elementary Education, English, Environmental & Sustainability Studies, Environmental Science, French Studies, German, or Latin.
Bachelor of Arts Diploma Ceremony II
- 4-5 p.m. (Faculty should arrive at 3 p.m.)
- Honorees: Seniors graduating with a Bachelor of Arts with the primary major: History, Interdisciplinary Studies (BA), Japanese Language & Culture, Mathematical Statistics (BA), Mathematics (BA), Music Performance, Philosophy, Physics (BA), Politics & International Affairs, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Spanish, Theatre and Dance, or Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Parking and Entry
Faculty do not need tickets to attend a Diploma Ceremony, but should complete Faculty Registration no later than May 7, to ensure we have adequate reserved seats. Faculty who plan to process should arrive at the coliseum at least one hour prior to the ceremony start time, park in the Mountain Dew Lot and enter through the Allegacy Club entrance. Please do not enter LJVM through the main doors of the coliseum. The main entrance is designated for families and guests.
Bags (especially large bags) are discouraged, but there will be a bag check. You should also be prepared to pass through a metal detector. Faculty will gather in the Allegacy Club room until it is time to line up for the processional. For each diploma ceremony, faculty will be seated in chairs on the coliseum floor for the entirety of the program.
Academic regalia is required to participate in a diploma ceremony. If you are in need of regalia, black academic gowns and mortarboards with tassels (no hoods or tams) are available for temporary use. You may reserve regalia during the Faculty Registration process. Upon the completion of the ceremony, please return all borrowed regalia to the Allegacy Club room.
Sunday Night Celebration at Truist Field — Join Virtually:
At 8:30 p.m., a commencement celebration will be held at Truist Field. This is an opportunity for the Class of 2021 to mark this milestone together. It will feature some traditional elements, but it will not be a traditional Commencement ceremony. We will have three guest speakers. Additionally, Gerald Roach, chair of the Board of Trustees, will present President Hatch with an honorary doctorate in recognition of his 16 years of leadership at Wake Forest. We invite you to view this event virtually by visiting commencement.wfu.edu.
Baccalaureate — Join Virtually:
A separate virtual baccalaureate is also being prepared. It will be aired on Saturday, May 15 at 10 a.m. ET and will feature remarks by Bishop Michael Curry.