A Look Ahead – 12 months at Wake

Today I thought it might be fun to imagine what a year in the life of Wake might look like, as seen through 12 photos – one for each month.

August – is time for move in. My best advice is to pack lighter than you think you need to, and drink a lot of water. August is always hot 🙂

The Wake Forest Class of 2023 moves into their first-year residence halls on South Campus on Wednesday, August 21, 2019.

September – classes are in session! Lots of opportunities for our Deacs to learn, grow, and expand their understanding of the arts, sciences (both natural and social), humanities, and literature.

Students in Computer Science 112 with professor Sarra Alqahtani work in small groups to write code in the C++ programming language, in Manchester Hall on Thursday, March 5, 2020.

October – lots of terrific athletic contests to see – from soccer to football to field hockey and so much more. Cheering on the Deacs is tons of fun!

The Deamon Deacons take on Michigan Wolverines in the NCAA Third Round at Spry Stadium on Sunday, December 1, 2019.

November – the fall leaves are typically at their peak in early November. While every season at Wake is beautiful, there is nothing like a crisp fall day and cooler weather.

Wake Forest students cross Manchester Plaza on their way to early morning classes on Wednesday, November 17, 2010.

December – the Lighting of the Quad and the Lovefeast are two of our cherished holiday traditions.

Members of the Wake Forest community celebrate the Lighting of the Quad ceremony on Hearn Plaza on Tuesday, December 3, 2019.

January – will it snow? If it does, our Deacs always find a way to have fun, particularly those for whom snow is a rarity where they grew up.

Snow falls on the Wale Forest campus, canceling the first day of classes on Wednesday, January 17, 2018.

February – if it’s cold or rainy outside, grab a cup of Camino Bakery coffee and a good study spot in the ZSR Library.

Students work at a large table in the Starbucks inside the Z. Smith Reynolds Library on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.

March – between high school spring breaks and as new students are accepted for the incoming class, we start to see more and more visitors to campus.

Potential students and their families tour the campus of Wake Forest University led by a tour guide from the Office of Admissions on Wednesday, July 25, 2012.

April – spring has sprung, and the campus is awash with color.

Cherry trees bloom in early spring on the campus of Wake Forest University, giving a bright pink glow to the campus.

May – Commencement is a time to celebrate the achievements of our graduates, and the justifiable pride of their families.

Wake Forest University holds its annual Commencement ceremony on Hearn Plaza on Monday, May 16, 2011. An aerial view of the ceremony from the chapel tower.

June – Summer School is in session! Farrell Hall will have a lot of students there for the Summer Management Program.

Wake Forest business students work in the living room of Farrell Hall on Thursday, September 5, 2013.

July – When residence halls are empty during the summer, that’s when the maintenance and big projects happen.

Construction continues on phase one of the renovation of Poteat Residence Hall on the campus of Wake Forest University on Monday, June 20, 2016.

I hope this gives you some happy things to think about as we anticipate the year to come.


— by Betsy Chapman, Ph.D. (’92, MA ’94)

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