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COVID-19 Update: More Restrictions Lifted and Commencement

Dear Faculty and Staff Colleagues,

The following message will be sent to undergraduate students later today addressing the governor of N.C.’s new executive order, explaining the lifting of more restrictions and announcing that the University will send out more information about Commencement on March 16.

If our situation and public health indicators remain stable, we are cautiously optimistic that the University may return to Yellow Operating Status by mid-March.

We continue to value your ongoing ability to adjust and adapt quickly during the atmosphere of change around the pandemic.

With gratitude,

Nathan O. Hatch
President

Rogan Kersh
Provost

Penny Rue
Vice President for Campus Life

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Founders’ Day Convocation is today at 4 p.m.

Graphic that says "Founders' Day Convocation" in old gold lettering over a white background, white text that says "Thursday, February 25, 4 p.m." over a black background, and an old gold ornamental heading with a design of the WFU ceremonial mace

Please join us today at 4 p.m. EST for Founders’ Day Convocation. Each year, the Wake Forest family gathers to observe the University’s founding in February 1834. This year’s virtual program will include a student oration, musical performances and an update from the President’s Commission on Race, Equity and Community.

We will award the Medallion of Merit, the highest honor bestowed by the University, to Donna Boswell (’72, MA ’74). Dr. Boswell has been a University Trustee since 2004 and was named the first woman chair of the Board of Trustees in 2015, a groundbreaking appointment she held for three terms.

Since current circumstances prevent our gathering together in person, the 2021 Founders’ Day Convocation will be presented as a video which will be streamed today, February 25, 2021 at 4 p.m. EST. Watch the video premiere live at convocation.wfu.edu and share your reactions on social media with #foundersdaywfu.

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Provost Kersh to present annual address to the University this afternoon

At the invitation of the Faculty Senate, Provost Rogan Kersh will give his annual address to the University this afternoon (Wednesday, Feb. 24) at 4 p.m. via Zoom.

Provost Kersh will speak about sustaining our academic mission amid the pandemic, along with the challenges and opportunities arising during this time of extraordinary change across Wake Forest and higher education.

The Faculty Senate invites faculty, staff and students to attend the presentation.

Joining information was shared by email this morning.

Simone Caron
President, Faculty Senate

Rogan Kersh
Provost

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COVID-19 Update: Lifting Some Campus Restrictions

Dear Faculty and Staff Colleagues,

The following message will be sent to undergraduate students later tonight announcing plans to begin lifting restrictions necessitated by the surge in positive COVID-19 cases. If our situation and public health indicators remain stable, we are cautiously optimistic that the University may return to Yellow Operating Status by mid-March.

Updates to campus operations include the reopening of campus facilities and resuming student activities. Classes that changed modalities in the last few weeks are encouraged to return to the originally planned method of delivery. Faculty should contact their department chair with questions or concerns regarding their class modality.

Your quick and compassionate response to the unpredictable landscape of this pandemic is greatly appreciated. We continue to be grateful for your resilience and dedication to the University. Thank you for being the exemplification of Pro Humanitate.

With gratitude,

Nathan O. Hatch
President

Rogan Kersh
Provost

Penny Rue
Vice President for Campus Life

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Founders’ Day Convocation postponed until Thursday, Feb. 25

Because of power outages resulting from the inclement weather, we are postponing the streaming of the 2021 Founders’ Day Convocation until next Thursday. This year, Founders’ Day will be presented as a video which will now be streamed on Feb. 25, 2021, at 4 p.m. EST. Watch the video premiere live at convocation.wfu.edu and share your reactions on social media with #foundersdaywfu.

Please plan to join the Wake Forest community to partake in the student oration, musical performances and an update from the President’s Commission on Race, Equity and Community provided by José Villalba, vice president for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer, and Erica Still, associate dean of the College for faculty recruitment, diversity and inclusion.

Additionally, we will award the Medallion of Merit, the highest honor bestowed by the University, to Donna Boswell (’72, MA ’74). Dr. Boswell has been a University Trustee since 2004 and was named the first woman chair of the Board of Trustees in 2015, a groundbreaking appointment she held for three terms.

Thanks for your patience. Until next Thursday, please stay healthy and safe.

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