2021: By the Numbers

Number of graduates: 2,004 total (May graduates only)

1,184 Undergraduates
59 Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
240 School of Law
300 Schools of Business (graduate programs)
221 School of Medicine (including Physician Assistant Studies)
0 Divinity School


Commencement: Past and Present

4 Number of graduates in first graduating class, 1839
13,000 Number of chairs set up on Hearn Plaza
3 hours Approximate length of commencement
1964 The year the first black student (Edward Reynolds) graduated
5 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)
5 Number of times commencement has been held inside — 2010, 1991, 1983, and 1973 for rain and 2021 for COVID-19.
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 2018, 98% of Wake Forest students who responded to the first-destination survey reported being employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation.