Submit 2015 Commencement speaker nominations by Nov. 19

graduation.300x175A message from the Commencement Speaker Advisory Committee

As members of the Commencement Speaker Advisory Committee, we look forward to engaging our graduating students and other members of the University community in the selection process of our 2015 Commencement speaker. As we begin this exciting task, we look to you to provide us with speaker nominations for Commencement 2015.

Please submit your suggestions to by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19.

Submissions must include:

  • Name of nominee
  • Two to three paragraphs answering the following question: “Why do you think this person would be an exceptional Commencement speaker at Wake Forest University?”
  • Any contact name(s) for your nomination (if possible) and/or any connection to Wake Forest.

We are especially interested in hearing from graduating students. Suggestions are also gratefully welcomed from faculty and staff.

As you can imagine, persons of this caliber are in high demand. While we hope to host a speaker from suggestions we receive, we cannot guarantee that our invitations will be accepted.  Your thoughts will be vital to informing our approach and to selecting a speaker.

This committee is dedicated to the transparency of this process, but please understand that the actual invitation process must remain confidential. Announcement of the Class of 2015’s commencement speaker will follow a similar timeline as in years past.

We look forward to reviewing your nominations.


Rogan Kersh, Provost, Chair
Mary Foskett, Professor, Religion, and Director, Humanities Institute
Sonia Kuguru, Student Trustee
Margaret Mulkerrin, President, Student Government
Harold Pace, Assistant Provost and University Registrar
Samantha Perrotta, Event and Project Manager, Provost’s Office
Mary Pugel, Chief of Staff, President’s Office
Kimberly Quick, Wake Forest Fellow, Provost’s Office
John Allen Riggins, Wake Forest Fellow, President’s Office
Lucas Swenson, President, Student Union