2006: By the numbers

Number of graduates:

1,015 Undergraduates
147 Graduate School, Reynolda Campus
34 Graduate School, Bowman Gray Campus
178 School of Law
299 Babcock Graduate School of Management
97 School of Medicine
47 Physician Assistant Program
32 Divinity School
4 Number of graduates in first graduating class, 1839
1 Number of graduates in 1843
20 Number of graduates in the Divinity School’s first graduating class, in 2002

Honorary degrees:

4 Number of honorary degrees awarded
11 Number of honorary degrees awarded in 1934, the most ever
1849 Year first honorary degree was awarded, to Wake Forest founder and first president Samuel Wait

Other information:

10,000 Number of chairs set up on Hearn Plaza
50′ x 100′ Size of striped tent
48 Number of man-hours to set-up tent
1989 Year a rain and wind storm knocked down the tent the night before Graduation; the program proceeded on schedule, without a tent
3 Number of times rain has forced Commencement inside (1991, 1983, 1973)
1 Number of times Commencement has been held off campus (1991, Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum)
1966 First year Commencement was held on the Quad (from 1957 to 1965
Commencement was held in Wait Chapel)
3 hrs Approximate length of Commencement ceremony
2 hrs Length of Commencement speech delivered in 1858 by Solomon Sampson Satchwell
10,500 Number of printed programs
1 Number of graduates accidentally left out of last year’s program
5 Number of programs reprinted with that graduates’ name included
36 Consecutive years Sun Printing Company of Winston-Salem has printed the Commencement program
47 Number of University police and security officers on duty during Commencement
18 Number of Winston-Salem police officers and Forsyth County sheriff deputies on duty
18 Number of contract security officers on duty
14 Number of paramedics on hand
8,500 Number of bottles of water distributed in 1993, when temperatures soared to the high 90s during the ceremony
52°F Temperature during the ceremony in 1999 (plus a cool, rainy mist)
1987 Last class to graduate under the elms before the last of the diseased elm trees were removed and replaced with ash trees.