President Nathan O. Hatch shakes hands with each graduate as they cross the stage.

Wake Forest Class of 2017 set to make history

A crowd of almost 13,000 gathered Monday on Hearn Plaza to celebrate the accomplishments of nearly 1,900 graduates in Wake Forest University’s Class of 2016. Happy images of smiling, waving and selfie-taking students, families and friends filled giant jumbotrons on the Quad, serving as oversized tributes to the tremendous achievements of 1,046 undergraduates and 827 graduate and professional students who received degrees on a picture-perfect day. More »

Hatch Addresses Graduates

In his remarks to graduates, President Nathan Hatch told students to “make eye contact,” stressing the value of actual – not virtual – connections. More »

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Meet the Class of 2017

On Commencement, our graduates reflect upon their time in the Forest, browse the collection »

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