2021 Commencement

Truist Field celebration features three speakers

Wake Forest recognized the undergraduate Class of 2021 on May 16 at Truist Field.

The event includes three featured speakers who shared pre-recorded messages:

  • Condoleezza Rice, director of the Hoover Institution, 66th Secretary of State, author, and professor, was the first African American woman to serve as both secretary of state and national security advisor. More »
  • Pete Buttigieg, the United States Secretary of Transportation since February 3, 2021 and the 32nd mayor of South Bend, Indiana from 2012 through 2020. More »
  • Kendall Hinton, wide receiver for the Denver Broncos, elevated from the practice squad as emergency quarterback to start against the Saints in week 12 of the 2020 season; graduated in 2019 from Wake Forest where he played football as a quarterback and wide receiver. More »

Hatch tells grads to have ‘strength in adversity’

President Hatch delivered his final Commencement speech as the President of Wake Forest, talking to the graduated about building strength from the difficulties they faced. More »

Other Wake Forest speakers during Commencement weekend included:

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Old Gold & Black: Meet the Class of 2021

The Old Gold & Black’s special graduation issue celebrates outstanding seniors, each of whom is nominated by their respective department chair. More »