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Advisory: Media invited to Wake Forest convocation featuring "Hotel Rwanda" hero


February 16, 2007

Members of the media are invited to attend Wake Forest University’s Founders’ Day Convocation with Paul Rusesabagina, the man whose story inspired the critically-acclaimed film “Hotel Rwanda,” at 11 a.m. Feb. 22 in the university’s Wait Chapel

Rusesabagina will deliver the address “Hotel Rwanda:  A Lesson Yet to Be Learned.” Members of the media are allowed to record the first 10 minutes of Rusesabagina's address.

The event is free and open to the public.  A formal press conference will not be held during Rusesabagina’s visit to Wake Forest.  He will speak at a luncheon held in the university’s Benson University Center immediately after the convocation ceremony. 

The luncheon is not open to the public, but members of the media are invited to make reservations to attend.  Any members of the media who would like to attend the luncheon are asked to contact Maggie Barrett in the News Service before 5 p.m. Feb. 19 at barretmb@wfu.edu or 336-758-5237.

During the luncheon, Rusesabagina will receive the Ralph Bunche Medal, a bronze medal named for the first American and first person of color to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.  The medal, not awarded by Wake Forest, honors those who have demonstrated a commitment to the pursuit of human rights.  Past recipients include Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa.

During the ceremony, Wake Forest will present the Medallion of Merit, its highest award for service to the university, to Edgar D. “Ed” Christman, who retired as university chaplain in 2003.

Media seating for convocation is reserved in the first and second rows on the far right side of Wait Chapel.  Cameras may be set up along the stairways and balcony.  It is recommended that media needing audio of the event arrive at the chapel no later than 10:30 a.m.  Media may park in Davis Field, or in visitor, faculty/staff and student spaces.

Press Contacts:

Maggie Barrett
(336) 758-5237


Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237


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