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2006: By the numbers

Elizabeth Hagood

Elizabeth Hagood. Click to see a photo gallery from the ceremony.

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.