Vice President Joe Biden told the Class of 2009 that their generation enjoys greater opportunities to shape the future than any in modern history. “This really is your moment,” Biden said. “History is yours to bend.”
Rev. Barbara K. Lundblad delivered the Baccalaureate Address to students and parents. “God’s questions keep coming, no matter how you name God. Let those questions tug at you, bother you, engage you,” she said.
Muggsy Bogues becomes a Wake Forest parent, and two students return after long absences to earn their degrees. Fred Hastings graduated three days before his 77th birthday, and Kimberly Cruz finished after a 17-year gap, graduating in a wheelchair after ankle surgery.
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The year the tent fell down, the year it rained, and the year of the two-hour Commencement address.
From Harry Truman’s speech at the groundbreaking for the new campus in 1951, to Presidential Debates in 1988 and 2000, to Vice President Biden’s speech at Commencement this year, Wake Forest has often welcomed presidents and vice presidents to campus.
Meet the Class of 2009
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From two debate champions to two students recognized by USA Today; from a Carnegie Foundation Fellow to the winner of a theatre competition, the Class of ’09 is an exceptional class.
Window on Wake Forest asked four seniors what was on their “Bucket List,” the things they wanted to do before they graduated.
Seniors Allison Tyler Humphreys, Grace Johnson, Michael Lewis and David Wescott, and Cameron Frothingham (’08) and Jennifer Lynne Wilson (’08) have been awarded Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships and will teach English abroad.