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Advisory: Media arrangements for Wake Forest commencement

May 14, 2007

Members of the media are invited to attend Wake Forest University's commencement ceremony May 21 featuring New York Times columnist David Brooks.

The speech will be Brooks’ first university commencement address.

The outdoor ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. on Hearn Plaza (the Quad).  The event is not open to the public and parking passes will be required to enter campus.  If your staff has not already received parking passes and lanyard media passes, contact the News Service to request them.  All members of the media are also asked to carry their own media credentials.

Reporters and crews are encouraged to arrive early to secure a parking space. University Police staff will direct media vehicles to reserved media-only parking in Parking Lot B, between Taylor and Davis residence halls on the Reynolda Road (west) side of campus.  Overflow media parking will be on the adjacent Davis Field.  The parking pass and lanyard media pass issued by the News Service as well as a media credential from your organization will be required for entry into these parking lots.

Members of the media should enter Hearn Plaza through the access point from Parking Lot B.  The lanyard media passes and credentials should be displayed at all times during the ceremony.  Reserved media seating will be in the front row.

In case of rain, the commencement ceremony will be moved to Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum and begin at 9:30 a.m.  Media will be notified by early morning May 21 if the rain plan is put into effect.  Media can use the same parking pass for reserved parking in the east parking lot at the coliseum.  Media passes and credentials will be checked at the east doors of the coliseum.  Reserved media seating will be to the left of the stage.

The News Service will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 20, to address media inquiries.

Contact Cheryl Walker in the News Service with questions regarding media arrangements at (336) 758-5237 or

Press Contacts:

Cheryl Walker
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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