Forever Part of the Wake Forest Family!

The following message was sent to all parents and families of the Class of 2020 after the Virtual Conferring of Degrees


To parents and families in the Class of 2020,

On behalf of all of us at Wake Forest, congratulations on your student’s graduation! Wake Forest prides itself on being a welcoming community for both students and their families, and it has been a pleasure to connect with so many of you during your student’s time at the University – whether that was at a New Student Reception or regional event, Family Weekend, through the Daily Deac or parent newsletter, or because you contacted the Office of Family Engagement.

Even though your students are the graduates, you will always be considered part of the Wake Forest family. We hope that you will continue to stay active with Wake Forest and attend events in your area (either virtually or once in-person events resume). Parents and families are among our very best ambassadors, so please continue to talk to other bright students and families about including Wake Forest in their college search. You can also help Wake Forest by encouraging your business to hire Wake Forest students and graduates for internships and jobs, and by continuing to support the Parents’ Campaign of the Wake Forest Fund. Your support has never been more vital. 

You can also help us with something important: please be sure your graduates update their email address and mailing address with Wake Forest. We will be sending them information about activities in their home areas and need to make sure those correlate with their new permanent address. We don’t want them to miss out on regional news or events that can be helpful to them. 

The Class of 2020 is poised to lead lives of meaning and purpose in service to our campus motto, Pro Humanitate.  We share your justifiable pride for your graduate’s accomplishments and can’t wait to cheer them on in person at Commencement in October. 

Thank you for all the ways you have helped make Wake Forest a better place. We look forward to keeping in touch – please reach out to any of us as we can continue to be a resource for you. May you and your families stay safe and well. 

With best wishes,

Minta McNally (’74, P’02, ’06)
Associate Vice President and Executive Director
Office of Family Engagement

Betsy Chapman, Ph.D. (’92, MA ’94)
Executive Director of Family Communications 

Brad McIlwain (P’07)
Director of Family Giving

Anna Marie Carr-Reinhard (’12)
Associate Director, Office of Family Engagement


To contact the Office of Family Engagement, please visit our contact page.

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 2019 slide shows

Select slide shows and handouts from Orientation sessions are available online.