New graduates toss their mortarboards in celebration.

Abramson to graduates: ‘Show what you are made of’

It was the commencement ceremony the entire world was watching. In her first public address since losing her job as the Executive Editor of The New York Times, Jill Abramson looked out over a sea of soon-to-be graduates, families and more than 50 credentialed media on Wake Forest University’s Hearn Plaza. More »

Hatch addresses graduates

President Nathan O. Hatch

President Nathan O. Hatch, in his remarks to the Class of 2014, said, “There’s nothing like being in a great team. It can turn the rigors of work into a delight. To bond with others, in pursuit of accomplishing great things, is a rare privilege and a worthy prize.” More »

Commencement Photos | Video | Timelapse | Full text of Jill Abramson’s address

Meet the Class of 2014

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Diving into biodiversity

Diving into biodiversity

Victoria Erb stood in the back of the boat with her classmates and watched three sharks cut through the crystal clear water of Belize’s Great Blue Hole. The senior biology major then did the one thing the vast majority of people in this situation absolutely would not do.

First in the Forest

Joseph Belangia is working to achieve his goal to expand a service project at a local retirement community to 200 volunteers.

Last weekend, Joseph Belangia was chopping wood in rural Wake County to provide firewood to families in need. A few days before, he raced around Hearn Plaza to raise money for the Brian Piccolo Cancer Fund during Hit the Bricks. Today, he is working to achieve his goal to expand a service project at a local retirement community to 200 volunteers.

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Elizabeth Jay

It was on a two-week summer road trip with her mom that Elizabeth Jay (’14) entered the gates of Wake Forest for the first time. Like so many, as soon as they stepped onto campus, they realized Wake Forest was the perfect school for Elizabeth. “In a rare mother-daughter moment, we completely agreed,” commented the business and enterprise management major. »


Michele Gillespie (History) and Julie Huggins (English major)

Eleven members of the Class of 2014 say “thank you” to the professors who made the biggest impact on them, demonstrating how student-faculty engagement goes beyond the classroom. »


The Wake Forest School of Law conferred hoods on 228 graduates, including 30 international Master of Laws in American Law degree (LLM) candidates, Juris Doctor (JD) candidates, and Master of Studies in Law (MSL) candidates. »


Wake Forest University School of Business congratulates the 442 master’s and 261 bachelor’s degree recipients who were recognized during the Wake Forest University Commencement on May 19, 2014. »


Wake Forest University hosts a Baccalaureate Service for graduates in Wait Chapel on Sunday, May 18, 2014.


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