"University Announcement" Archive

2021 Commencement and Baccalaureate speakers announced

President Hatch announced three speakers for the undergraduate Commencement celebration on Truist Field on May 16 at 8:30 p.m. and the speaker for Baccalaureate. The three speakers will be:

  • Condoleezza Rice, director of the Hoover Institution, 66th Secretary of State, author and professor, was the first African American woman to serve as both secretary of state and national security advisor.
  • Pete Buttigieg, the United States Secretary of Transportation since February 3, 2021, and the 32nd mayor of South Bend, Indiana from 2012 through 2020.
  • Kendall Hinton, wide receiver for the Denver Broncos, elevated from the practice squad as emergency quarterback to start against the Saints in week 12 of the 2020 season; graduated in 2019 from Wake Forest where he played football as a quarterback and wide receiver.

The Baccalaureate celebration will be held virtually on Saturday, May 15 at 10 a.m. Bishop Michael Curry, the 27th and current presiding bishop and primate of The Episcopal Church, will be the speaker.

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Commencement for Undergraduate Class of 2020: Sept. 17-19 weekend

Dear faculty and staff, 

The message below will be sent to the Class of 2020 later today. As you will see, we have announced that we will have the in-person celebration of the Class of 2020 this fall during the weekend of Sept. 17-19. 

More details will be shared as they become available.

Wake Forest University Commencement Office

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A message from President Hatch

Dear Wake Forest community,

Today, a jury in Minneapolis, Minnesota, found former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020. For some, this verdict brings relief, feeling that justice was given to Mr. Floyd and his family and to others who have experienced similar acts of discrimination, harm and injustice. For others, this verdict may do little to assuage the hurt, pain and fear for themselves and their loved ones.

In the past year, the death of Mr. Floyd and many others have illuminated our nation’s ongoing struggle with inequity, systemic racism and the state of policing in our communities. Though frustration and weariness abound and progress seems fitful and slow, the work toward equity and accountability must continue. There is still much to do to live up to our aspiration of justice for all.

In the coming days, you will hear more about how this community is responding to and joining the effort to help address inequity, racism and the oppression of people of color. I invite you to participate in the various opportunities that will be offered across the University. Should it be helpful to process this case and recent events with others in the community, I hope you will reach out to those in the Counseling Center, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Office of Civic and Community Engagement and the Intercultural Center.

At Wake Forest, we are called to be people for humanity. For all humanity. That means that we honor the intrinsic value of each individual and show compassion and empathy toward one another. This is not a hollow charge to those who consider this community home nor should it be an empty promise to the communities we serve.


Nathan O. Hatch

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COVID-19 Update: Intent to Require Vaccination for Students

Dear Wake Forest faculty and staff,

Thank you for your diligent work as we approach the end of a challenging semester.

Later today, we will send the email below to all students and all undergraduate parents and families to share current plans about vaccination requirements for the Fall 2021 semester. You will note that we intend to require vaccinations for all students in all programs on all campuses, subject to medical and religious exemptions in certain circumstances.

Our support continues for international students, many of whom face challenges related to vaccinations in advance of the fall term. What we know today is that vaccine opportunities vary widely from country to country, and we expect matters to evolve throughout the coming months. The International Students and Scholars team is communicating directly with international students to provide updates and offer support, which will continue throughout the summer.

At this time, the University is not requiring the vaccine for faculty and staff but strongly encourages all members of our community to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible. Information about vaccine providers in our community is available on the Our Way Forward website.

Your dedication to the mission of Wake Forest and its Pro Humanitate principles has continued to be an inspiration to each of us.


Nathan O. Hatch

Rogan Kersh

Penny Rue
Vice President for Campus Life

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Revised WFU 2020 Annual Crime and Fire Safety Report available

A revised copy of the 2020 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report has been posted on the Wake Forest University Police website to reflect current policies and information. 

Changes include updates to:

  • The WFBMC Employee Substance Abuse Policy located on pages 194-197

This report contains information regarding campus security and personal safety for the Wake Forest community. It also contains information about crime and fire statistics for the previous three calendar years. Crime statistics are for occurrences on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Wake Forest (including branch campuses); and on public property within or immediately adjacent to campus. Fire statistics are for on-campus residence halls.

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