2015: By the Numbers

Number of graduates: 1,861 total (May graduates only)

1,044Undergraduates
157Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
167School of Law
288Schools of Business (graduate programs)
168School of Medicine (including Physician Assistant Studies)
37Divinity School
4Number of graduates in first graduating class, 1839
1Number of graduates in 1843
1964First black graduate, Edward Reynolds
2012First year that more than 1,000 undergraduates received a degree
20Number of graduates in the Divinity School’s first graduating class, in 2002

Honorary degrees:

5Number of honorary degrees awarded
11Number of honorary degrees awarded in 1934, the most ever
1849Year first honorary degree was awarded, to Wake Forest founder and first president Samuel Wait

Other information:

12,000Number of chairs set up on Hearn Plaza
50′ x 100′Size of striped tent
1989Year a rain and wind storm knocked down the tent the night before Graduation; the program proceeded on schedule, without a tent
4Number of times rain has forced Commencement inside (2010, 1991, 1983, 1973)
2Number of times Commencement has been held off campus (2010, 1991, Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum)
1957First class to graduate on the “new” campus
1966First year Commencement was held on the Quad (from 1957 to 1965
Commencement was held in Wait Chapel)
3 hrsApproximate length of Commencement ceremony
2 hrsLength of Commencement speech delivered in 1858 by Solomon Sampson Satchwell
13,000Number of printed programs
8,500Number of bottles of water distributed in 1993, when temperatures soared to the high 90s during the ceremony
52°FTemperature during the ceremony in 1999 (plus a cool, rainy mist)
1987Last class to graduate under the elms before the last of the diseased elm trees were removed and replaced with ash trees.
1981Last class to receive sheepskin diplomas
$40Cost of an optional sheepskin diploma in 1982
1975First woman and first black, U.S. Representative Barbara Jordan (D-Texas), to speak at Commencement