Weather Conditions and Commencement

The following Commencement announcement was emailed on Sunday afternoon, May 19th.


As of Sunday afternoon, Wake Forest’s commencement ceremony remains on schedule to be held outside on Hearn Plaza at 9 a.m. Monday, May 20.

Weather forecasts currently call for a possibility of light, scattered showers in this area on Monday morning. Severe weather is not expected, according to multiple local meteorologists the University has consulted.

If plans change due to unexpected severe weather, the University will inform local news media, place information prominently on the University’s web site ( and send an email message to graduates by 7 a.m. Monday.

Because the ground is expected to be wet and showers may be in the area, the University encourages everyone attending to dress accordingly. Some may want to bring a raincoat, plastic poncho or hat to wear, as well as shoes appropriate for damp ground. Open umbrellas during the ceremony are strongly discouraged.

Live streaming is planned for the commencement ceremony at The live stream also will be broadcast on the University’s cable TV channel and can be seen in Pugh Auditorium in Benson University Center.

Additional details regarding commencement weekend are available at

Wake Forest Communications & External Relations


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If Your Student Has a Problem

One of the best ways parents/families can help their students is to let them solve their own problems. Use the Stop, Drop, and Roll method when your student contacts you with a problem.  The flyer also lists contact information for serious concerns where family intervention might be appropriate.

Orientation 2017 slide shows

Select slide shows from Orientation sessions are available online.