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New York Times columnist David Brooks to address 1,500 WFU graduates May 21


April 26, 2007

David Brooks, a columnist for The New York Times and a regular analyst on the "NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” and National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” will deliver Wake Forest University’s 168th commencement address and receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree May 21.

This will be Brooks’ first commencement address at any college or university.

Approximately 1,520 undergraduate and graduate students will receive diplomas at the 9 a.m. outdoor ceremony on Wake Forest’s Hearn Plaza (the Quad).

The Rev. J. Bryan Hehir, a Catholic priest and the Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the Practice of Religion and Public Life at Harvard University, will deliver the baccalaureate address at 11 a.m. May 20 in Wait Chapel.  Hehir will receive an honorary doctor of divinity degree during commencement.

The commencement and the baccalaureate ceremonies are not open to the public.  Parking passes and tickets are required to enter campus and attend the events.  Tickets are reserved for graduates and their guests.

In addition to Brooks and Hehir, four other distinguished individuals will receive honorary degrees during Wake Forest’s commencement ceremony.  Dale Bumpers, a four-term Democratic senator from Arkansas, and Harold L. Martin Sr., senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of North Carolina, will both receive honorary doctor of laws degrees.  Wolfgang Schutz, president of the Medical University of Vienna and a world-renowned pharmacologist, will receive an honorary doctor of science degree; and Anne Firor Scott, the W.K. Boyd Professor Emerita at Duke University, will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree.

Approximately 909 undergraduate students will receive bachelor’s degrees during commencement.  A combined 611 graduate and professional school students from Wake Forest’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, School of Law, School of Medicine, Babcock Graduate School of Management and Divinity School will receive degrees.

Each graduate and professional school will hold a ceremony to recognize its students’ achievements and present them with their school’s hood prior to commencement.  The graduates wear the colorful hoods with their caps and gowns during the commencement ceremony.

The Graduate School will hold its hooding ceremony at 3 p.m. May 19 in Wait Chapel.  Hanli Liu, a Wake Forest graduate and professor of bioengineering at the University of Texas at Arlington, will deliver the hooding address.

The Divinity School’s hooding ceremony will be at 7 p.m. May 19 in Wait Chapel.  Walter J. Harrelson, an adjunct professor in the Wake Forest Divinity School, will deliver the hooding address.

The School of Law will hold its hooding ceremony at 1:45 p.m. May 20 in Wait Chapel.  Bumpers will deliver the hooding address.

The hooding ceremony for the School of Medicine will be at 4:15 p.m. May 20 in Wait Chapel.  Schutz will deliver the hooding address.

The Babcock School of Management hooding ceremony will be at 7 p.m. May 20 in Wait Chapel.  The speaker for the ceremony will be Gregory J. Wessling, chairman and chief executive officer of HouseRaising Inc., a company that designs and builds custom homes.


Note: Contact the News Service to request parking passes and media credentials for commencement.

Press Contacts:

Jacob McConnico
(336) 758-5237


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(336) 758-5237


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