Vice President Joe Biden greets students during the processional on Hearn Plaza.
Vice President Joe Biden greets students during the processional on Hearn Plaza.

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‘History is yours to bend’

Vice President of the United States Joe Biden

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.”

Lundblad to graduates: ‘What Now?’

Rev. Barbara K. Lundblad

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.

A day of new beginnings

Wake Forest University holds its 2009 Commencement Exercises on Monday, May 18, 2009. New graduates stand to sing the alma mater.

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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Seven Retiring faculty members honored:

Psychology’s Bob Beck | History’s Ed Hendricks | Math’s Fred Howard | Biology’s Pete Weigl | Law’s David Shores | Calloway’s Steve Ewing and Don Robin

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Past Commencement speakers

U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell

A future president (Gerald Ford), a former First Lady (Barbara Bush), Sen. John McCain and Secretary of State Colin Powell have spoken at past Wake Forest commencements.

Commencement trivia

The year the tent fell down, the year it rained, and the year of the two-hour Commencement address.

Wake Forest and presidential history

Harry Truman

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

Meet 2009 Grad: Patrick Nelli
Meet 2009 Grad: Yao ‘Glenn’ Zhao
Meet 2009 Grad: Alex Saks
Meet 2009 Grad: Alex Lamballe
Meet 2009 Grad: Mallory Sullivan
Meet 2009 Grad: Samantha Heuertz
Meet 2009 Grad: Evan Raleigh
Meet 2009 Grad: Devin Cowens
Meet 2009 Grad: Lauren Gaston
Meet 2009 Grad: Benn Stancil
Meet 2009 Grad: Tyler Humphreys
Meet 2009 Grad: Odile Hobeika
Meet 2009 Grad: William St. Martin

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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.

Senior makes a difference in community

As a volunteer with Mothers for Justice, senior Mary Little supports women in the community who are struggling to negotiate an often-complicated justice system.

What’s on your bucket list?

Window on Wake Forest asked four seniors what was on their “Bucket List,” the things they wanted to do before they graduated.

Senior named Carnegie Junior Fellow

Benn Stancil has received a one-year fellowship with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, one of only 10 students nationwide who were selected.

Seniors win Fulbright Scholarships

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.

Senior wins theatre competition

Senior Lauren Gaston has won the top prize for costume design in a competition sponsored by the Southeastern Theatre Conference.

Seniors honored by USA Today

Senior Patrick Nelli was one of 20 students named to the first team of USA Today’s All-USA College Academic Team. Senior Yan Zhao was named to the third team.

Senior wins capitalism essay contest

Matthew Higgins, a mathematical economics major from Yardley, Pa., has won the first annual essay contest sponsored by Wake Forest’s BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism.

Gallery: Commencement 2009

Commencement 2009