Campus Day was held this past Friday for students (and their parents and families) who have been accepted into the Class of 2017. As you may remember if you attended with your own student, this day is all about giving students an opportunity to experience Wake Forest one more time in its many facets – academic, campus life, residence hall life, and more.
The Parent Programs office always has a display at Campus Day so we can (hopefully!) meet our new families. From those who stopped by our table, it seemed like about half the families and students at Campus Day were already enrolled and were so excited to see their college home again; the other half were in the final stages of trying to decide between Wake Forest and [other top choice].
The day started a bit ominously, with early morning rain, but it cleared up before the crowds were arriving and the day turned into a beautiful sunny one. All the flowers and trees are in bloom right now, and Wake Forest is in all her glory.
At the end of Campus Day, our wonderful Spirit of the Old Gold and Black marching band went into the final assembly in Wait Chapel and with the help of the Demon Deacon led the students and families out onto the Quad with a rousing version of the fight song, O Here’s to Wake Forest. The trumpets led the way and the rest of the band formed a sort of tunnel outside. You can watch it here on Youtube.
Once all the families were outside, the Spirit of the Old Gold and Black continued playing for them, and the Deacon was there to dance with students and take pictures with them. Again, video available on Youtube. Pretty much a perfect ending to the day.
And for your current students…around the end of Campus Day there appeared to be a big exodus from campus for some students heading to the beach for the weekend, probably with some of our fraternities and sororities. I saw a lot of painted coolers and students with luggage and big smiles on their faces. For those who stayed, Friday night was Shag on the Mag, the tented beach dance on the lower Quad, which is the highlight of Springfest.
We have one more Campus Day this Friday – so we’ll be at it again.