Today’s information is practical, tactical stuff for our P’18s about to graduate. This is coming straight from the Commencement Severe Weather page:

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 on Hearn Plaza. 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 Wake Forest from holding commencement outside, the University will announce a move to the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Sunday evening.

This decision would be communicated via email to students, faculty and staff; on the homepage of the commencement website (; on the University’s homepage (; via social media; on a voicemail message at 336.758.7059; and via local media (including Winston-Salem Journal, WXII 12, WGHP Fox 8, WFMY 2 and Spectrum News Triad 14).

If the severe weather plan is put into effect, Commencement will begin at 9:30 a.m. in Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Graduates must be at the Coliseum by 8:30 a.m. The order of the ceremony will be the same as that of the outdoor ceremony. Undergraduates will receive diplomas onstage. Graduate and professional students will receive diplomas at the same locations noted in the Commencement information booklet.

I can’t stress enough the importance of watching the weather forecast and packing for every contingency – wet, dry, warm, cold. We still don’t know what the day will look like but right now rain seems like it is a possibility. So keep an eye on the Severe Weather site and your weather website of choice. And leave your superfancy shoes at home in case you don’t want them to be wet!

For now, Deac families of all years, please pray for no rain. We know how badly folks want to graduate on the Quad.

Also, your Deacs still have an opportunity to potentially land in the Master of Arts in Management:

Help your graduates land the job they love with a Masters in Management  

Wake Forest School of Business offers an accelerated, 10-month Masters experience designed for non-business, liberal arts majors. Ranked #4 in the USA by The Economist,  curriculum includes courses in Business Analytics, Marketing, Accounting, Finance, and experiential Action Learning Projects. We prepare graduates to lead and manage people and organizations.

MA students come from over 69 colleges and universities with 48 different majors,  many from Wake Forest. Over 65 unique employers hire MA graduates each year, including Deloitte, EY, Disney, Workday, and BofA.

If your soon-to-be graduate is unsure of their future, they should consider the MA.  Accelerated admission and merit/need scholarship is available to all qualified Wake students. Limited seats still available for the July 2018 program start.

Hear below from dad Larry Merlo and his daughter, Kristen, on why the MA program was ideal for their family.

MA Parent-Student Video

To learn more, contact John White at or Briana Brewer at

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