2022: By the Numbers

Number of graduates: 2,128 total (May graduates only)


Number School
1,150 Undergraduates
18 School of Divinity
180 Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
241 School of Law
314 School of Business (graduate programs)
225 School of Medicine

Commencement: Past and Present


Number Note
4 Number of graduates in the first graduating class, 1839
13,000 Approximate number of chairs on Hearn Plaza
3 hours Approximate length of Commencement
1964 Year that the first black student (Ed Reynolds) graduated
1966 First year that Commencement was held on the Quad (now known as Hearn Plaza); from 1957-1965, 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
2020 Only class to have two Commencement events: a virtual conferring of degrees in May of 2020 and an in-person ceremony on Sept. 18, 2021
4 The class of 2021 was awarded diplomas in four separate ceremonies in Joel Coliseum, then gathered for a celebration at Truist Field

Post Graduation Statistics:

In 2021, 98% of Wake Forest students who responded to the first-destination survey reported being employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation.