2017: By the Numbers

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

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


Commencement: Past and Present

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