Founders’ Day Convocation to be held Feb. 15

Mike Ford

Founders’ Day Convocation will be held Feb. 15 at 4 p.m. in Wait Chapel.  All are invited.

At convocation, the Medallion of Merit will be presented to Michael G. (Mike) Ford, who served on Wake Forest’s staff in several roles throughout a career that spanned from 1981 to his retirement in the summer of 2017. The Medallion of Merit is the highest honor presented by the University.

A 1972 Wake Forest graduate, Ford is well known as a Campus Life leader who rallied students around an extensive array of volunteer and philanthropic efforts, mentored and advised generations of students,  dedicated himself to coaching students to become future leaders, and shared his faith with students in various settings.

At a retirement reception in his honor last summer, Ford told a crowd of colleagues, friends and family: “As I reflect back over my 36 years at Wake Forest, my student-facing work has taken many twists and turns and in the process found many forms and expressions … But one thing has always been a constant for me. I have always felt that my time at Wake Forest has been a calling … God’s calling on my life.”

Also at convocation:

–Faculty awards will be presented in the areas of advising, teaching and service.
–Student’s will present their winning senior orations.
–The Class of 2018 will be honored with a reflective video featuring student testimonials.

A reception hosted by the Office of the Provost will follow in Reynolda Hall’s Green Room immediately after convocation.