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Comings and goings for April 2018

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Graduates, families encouraged to pay attention to commencement weather plan

This announcement was emailed to students, faculty and staff on May 16 by Wake Forest Communications and External Relations:

With inclement weather potentially in the forecast on Monday, May 21, Wake Forest University commencement organizers encourage graduates and their families to pay special attention to the severe weather plan.

University leaders will continue to monitor conditions and will make every attempt to hold the commencement ceremony outside on Hearn Plaza. In the event of some rain, commencement exercises may still continue outdoors. Ponchos will be available for graduates, but guests are encouraged to bring their own rain gear and plan accordingly.

If weather predictions suggest a threat to safety or conditions that prevent us from holding commencement outside, the University will announce a move to the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Sunday evening. Additional information is included in the severe weather plan.

Important message regarding commencement parking and traffic

This message was sent May 14 on behalf of Executive Vice President Hof Milam to faculty and staff:

Dear Reynolda Campus Faculty and Staff:

Commencement is the highlight of our academic year.  It is a wonderful time for the campus community to come together and celebrate with graduating students and their families.  This year’s commencement ceremony will be held Monday, May 21, on Hearn Plaza, beginning at  9 a.m.

It is always important for us to be gracious hosts to our visitors and make sure their access to campus is as easy as possible.  To make this the best commencement experience possible for our graduates and guests, please observe the following guidelines:

–Faculty and staff should not attempt to park on campus prior to 1 p.m. on the day of commencement.  Passes, which have been issued to graduates and their families, will be required for all cars entering campus.

–Faculty and staff who need parking should park at the Joel Coliseum and ride the shuttle to campus.  Enter the coliseum parking lot via University Parkway or Deacon Boulevard and follow the signs to the parking area and the shuttle pickup point.  Shuttles will depart from the south side of the Joel Coliseum and run continuously throughout the day from 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Please note that parking will not be available at the football stadium.

–Faculty and staff may park on campus after 1 p.m.

–Reynolda Campus staff who do not have a direct commencement responsibility need not report for work until 9:30 a.m. on Monday, unless otherwise required by their department.

Please have your Wake Forest I.D. with you at all times on campus during commencement.

In case of rain, the commencement ceremony will be held at Joel Coliseum, beginning at 9:30 a.m.  Parking on campus will not be affected if the ceremony is held at the coliseum.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.


Hof Milam
Executive Vice President

President Hatch honored by Boy Scouts at 2018 Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner

President Hatch at event honoring him

The Boy Scouts of America honored President Nathan O. Hatch at the Distinguished Citizen Award dinner on May 10. The dinner was held at the Benton Convention Center in downtown Winston-Salem. Wake Forest football coach Dave Clawson delivered the keynote address at the event.

“It is truly an honor to receive the Distinguished Citizen Award,” Hatch said.  “I wish to thank the Old Hickory Council, not just for this award, but for the work the executive board members and countless volunteers do to help shape the lives of the youth in our community.  For years, I have admired and appreciated the work they have done to strengthen our community. I am humbled, honored and grateful to join those who have received this great honor.”

This is the 29th year that the Old Hickory Council of the Boy Scouts of America has honored a distinguished citizen. Previous honorees include John G. Medlin, Jr.; Senator Richard Burr; A. Tab Williams, Jr.; Len B. Preslar, Jr.; John A. Allison IV; Clarence E. “Big House” Gaines; Murray C. Greason, Jr.; Dr. Richard H. Dean; C. Richard Vaughn, J. Walter McDowell III, Allen Joines, Stan Kelly, Susan Cameron and Kelly S. King.  Last year’s honoree was John Burress, III.

Additional information about Scouting can be found at or for information on the Old Hickory Council and how to get involved in Scouting in Northwest North Carolina, go to

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Gathering to be held today, May 11, in honor of Alicia Gonzalez

This announcement was emailed to students, faculty and staff on May 11 by Wake Forest Communications and External Relations:

The Office of the Chaplain and the University Counseling Center will hold space today, May 11, for those grieving the loss of Alicia Gonzalez.  The gathering will take place at 2:30 p.m. today in the Chaplain’s Lounge, located in Reynolda Hall, Suite 10.

All are welcome to attend.