Commencement 2018

Commencement is an exciting time for graduates and their special guests.  Faculty, staff and the university join to celebrate the law community!

THE LAW HOODING CEREMONY will be held Sunday, May 20, 2018, 1:45 pm in Wait Chapel. No tickets or parking passes are required on Sunday.  Family and guests are welcome. Graduates should line up alphabetically by degree group on the sidewalk next to Zick’s at 1:00 pm, working with the Registrar’s office. Guests should line up near the center doors of Wait Chapel, allowing space for the recessional of the prior school’s ceremony. Guests will be welcomed into the Chapel as soon as possible after the prior ceremony. During the law hooding ceremony, each graduate will cross the stage and receive his/her hood. A professional photographer will take pictures, which will be sent to you via your Wake Forest email address. Wake Forest photographers are the only professional photographers allowed in the front of the Chapel. Immediately following the ceremony, graduates will recess to Worrell for a class picture. The Hooding Reception will be held at the Millennium Center downtown, 4-6 pm, for all graduates, guests, faculty and staff. Address: 101 West 5th Street.

WAKE FOREST GRADUATION EXERCISES will be held Monday, May 21, 2018, 9:00 a.m. on Hearn Plaza.  Candidates should line up at 8:15 am in Parking Lot N, between Poteat and Kitchin Halls. Each graduate may have 8 tickets for guests and 2 parking passes for Monday, which are required for entrance onto campus. After the awarding of all degrees en masse, graduates will recess, followed by their guests at approximately 10:15 a.m.  The law community is invited to Worrell Professional Center for a reception and distribution of diplomas. Shuttles will depart from Lot P to the side door of Worrell (near Health & Exercise Science Building). There will be student marshals to assist guests to the Law Commons. Following the reception, handicap vans will run from the front of Worrell to the Special Needs Lot.

GRAD DAY will be held Friday, May 4, 2018.  The graduation BBQ picnic will be held in the Commons at 12:30 pm for law colleagues, faculty and staff to celebrate the graduating class.  

REGALIA – Regalia, tickets and parking passes will be distributed on GRAD DAY between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. in Room 2321.  If you still need to order regalia, please send an email with your name, email address after graduation and height to: immediately.  If you absolutely, positively cannot come to Grad Day, a friend or family member can pick up your regalia and tickets. That person will sign for your items. MSL graduates who have questions, please contact Jackie Flynn,

TICKETS and PARKING PASSES are required for Monday Graduation and are complementary, but must be ordered by April 26, 2018 at the university’s commencement website: graduate may have 8 guest tickets and 2 parking passes (your WFU student parking pass does not suffice).  They will be distributed at Worrell on GRAD DAYIf you have a guest who needs Special Needs Parking, at Ticket Pick-Up, exchange one of your regular parking passes for a Special Needs Parking Pass. The lot is served continuously by a handicap accessible van.

SPECIAL NEEDS – For your special needs guest attending the Hooding Ceremony on Sunday, go to Parking Lot B or N to drop your guest at Hearn Plaza (the Quad).  Facing the chapel, there is a ramp to the far right-hand door of the chapel. There are rows designated for wheelchairs.  All special needs guests attending Graduation Exercises on Monday should display the Commencement Special Needs Parking Pass and will be directed to the Special Needs parking lot off of Long Drive. Vans will transport guests to the Quad. There is a Special Needs seating area near Zick’s. We ask that only one person accompany each guest, to allow for others who need these services.

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Last year’s Hooding Ceremony 2017: