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2012: By The Numbers

Estimated number of graduates: 1,727 total (May graduates only)

1,014

Undergraduates

119

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

165

School of Law

237

Schools of Business (graduate programs)

165

School of Medicine (including Physician Assistant Studies)

27

Divinity School

4

Number of graduates in first graduating class, 1839

1

Number of graduates in 1843

1964

First black graduate, Edward Reynolds

2012

First year that more than 1,000 undergraduates received a degree

20

Number of graduates in the Divinity School’s first graduating class, in 2002

Honorary degrees:

5

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:

12,000

Number of chairs set up on Hearn Plaza

50′ x 100′

Size of striped tent

1989

Year a rain and wind storm knocked down the tent the night before Graduation; the program proceeded on schedule, without a tent

4

Number of times rain has forced Commencement inside (2010, 1991, 1983, 1973)

2

Number of times Commencement has been held off campus (2010, 1991, Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum)

1957

First class to graduate on the “new” campus

1966

First year Commencement was held on the Quad (from 1957 to 1965
Commencement was held in Wait Chapel)

2.5 hrs

Approximate length of Commencement ceremony

2 hrs

Length of Commencement speech delivered in 1858 by Solomon Sampson Satchwell

11,000

Number of printed programs

42

Consecutive years Sun Printing Company of Winston-Salem has printed the Commencement program

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.

1981

Last class to receive sheepskin diplomas

$40

Cost of an optional sheepskin diploma in 1982

1975

First woman and first black, U.S. Representative Barbara Jordan (D-Texas), to speak at Commencement