2017: By the Numbers

Number of graduates: 1,873 total (May graduates only)

1,030Undergraduates
179Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
195School of Law
259Schools of Business (graduate programs)
196School of Medicine (including Physician Assistant Studies)
33Divinity School

Commencement: Past and Present

4Number of graduates in first graduating class, 1839
12,500Number of chairs set up on Hearn Plaza
3 hoursApproximate length of commencement
1964The year the first black student (Edward Reynolds) graduated
2Number of honorary degrees awarded this year
1966First year commencement was held on the Quad, now known as Hearn Plaza; (from 1957 to 1965 commencement was held in Wait Chapel)
4Number of times rain has forced commencement inside (2010, 1991, 1983, and 1973)
1957First class to graduate on the “new” campus
2 hoursLength of commencement speech delivered in 1858 by Solomon Satchwell
1981Last class to receive sheepskin diplomas

Post Graduation Statistics:

In 2016, 98% of Wake Forest students who responded to the first-destination survey reported being employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation.