A message from President Hatch

President Hatch emailed the following message to students, faculty and staff on Feb. 10:

Dear faculty, staff and students,

Each year, Wake Forest gathers for Founders’ Day Convocation to observe the University’s founding in February 1834. This year, an extensively revised Founders’ Day Convocation will be held on Thursday, February 20th at 4 p.m. in Wait Chapel. The program will include a student oration, musical performances and a keynote address by Dean of the Divinity School Jonathan L. Walton. I will also make important remarks confronting aspects of our past.

We will award the Medallion of Merit, the highest honor bestowed by the University, to Lawrence D. “Larry” Hopkins (’72, MD ’77) and Winston Louis Bissette Jr. (’65). Dr. Hopkins, a University Trustee, is a well-known physician in Winston-Salem and has made it his mission to care for those in his community. In addition to serving his alma mater as a Trustee and in many other capacities, Mr. Bissette, an attorney and public servant, spent 40 years working to build up and revitalize his community of Asheville, N.C.

This year, faculty awards and accomplishments typically celebrated at Founders’ Day will be celebrated at a later date this spring. More information on those events will be forthcoming.

Faculty wishing to be part of Founders’ Day are encouraged to confirm their participation in the academic procession by registering by Monday, February 17th.

Please join us in the Green Room immediately following Convocation for a reception hosted by the Office of the Provost.


Nathan O. Hatch