The $7 million addition to the Z. Smith Reynolds Library has been named the Edwin Graves Wilson Wing in honor of the University’s provost.
President Thomas K. Hearn Jr. made the announcement during commencement ceremonies on May 21. The addition, which will nearly double the library’s size upon its completion in 1991, honors Wilson’s “devotion to the life of the mind and the life of Wake Forest University,” Hearn said. “For over four decades, Wake Foresters have been inspired by the example of one man who reminds us gently and elegantly of our commitments and our aspirations.”
Wilson became Wake Forest’s first provost in 1967. He was named dean of the college in 1960 after serving as assistant dean for three years. He joined the University’s English department in 1951 and has been professor of English since 1959.
Millard D. Fuller, founder and director of Habitat for Humanity International, told the more than 700 undergraduates and 450 graduates of the professional schools that solving the problems of modern society requires faith, hope and unity. “What it takes is being united, working together, and having a sense of God’s calling to a mission,” he said. “Then, we have to move, on faith, and take risks to accomplish what needs to be done.
“The great disparity between the rich and the poor raises tremendously important ethical and moral questions for all people of concern and compassion,” he said. “It is a problem to be solved by caring people in the years ahead.”
Fuller received an honorary doctor of humanities degree. Also receiving degrees were:
Four retiring faculty members from the Reynolda campus were recognized during commencement. In addition, six medical doctors from the Hawthorne Campus have been granted emeritus status.
Retiring from the Reynolda campus are:
Physicians granted emeritus status are:
Published in Wake Forest Magazine.