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Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne Jr. to address nearly 1,500 Wake Forest graduates May 19


April 23, 2008

E.J. Dionne Jr., a columnist for the Washington Post, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and professor at Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute, will deliver Wake Forest University’s 2008 commencement address and receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree May 19.

Approximately 1,488 undergraduate and graduate students will receive diplomas during the outdoor ceremony that begins at 9 a.m. on Wake Forest’s Hearn Plaza (the Quad).

The Right Rev. Vashti M. McKenzie,presiding prelate of the 13th Episcopal District and president of the Council of Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, will deliver the baccalaureate address at 11 a.m. May 18 in Wait Chapel.  McKenzie will receive an honorary doctor of divinity degree during commencement.

The commencement and baccalaureate ceremonies are not open to the general public. Tickets are reserved for graduates and their guests.  Parking passes and tickets are required to enter campus and attend the events.  The commencement ceremony may be viewed live or at a later time via streaming video on the university’s Web site at www.wfu.edu/commencement.

In addition to Dionne and McKenzie, four other distinguished individuals will receive honorary degrees during Wake Forest’s commencement ceremony. Catherine

DeAngelis, editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Medical Association and professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, will receive an honorary doctor of science degree; Richard Noll, chief executive officer of Hanesbrands, will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree; James Talent, former U.S. senator from Missouri and fellow with the Heritage Foundation, will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree; and Richard Wuthnow, Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor of Sociology and director of the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University, will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree.

Approximately 944 undergraduate students will receive bachelor’s degrees during commencement. A combined 544 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 17 in Wait Chapel. Carol A. Marzetta, who earned her doctorate at Wake Forest in 1986 and is vice president of R&D Strategy Services at Applied Strategies in San Mateo, Calif., will deliver the hooding address.

The Divinity School’s hooding ceremony will be at 7 p.m. May 17 in Wait Chapel. Craig D. Atwood, John Comenius Visiting Professor of Moravian Studies 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 18 in Wait Chapel. Talent will deliver the hooding address.

The hooding ceremony for the School of Medicine will be at 4:15 p.m. May 18 in Wait Chapel. DeAngelis will deliver the hooding address.

The Babcock School of Management hooding ceremony will be at 7 p.m. May 18 in Wait Chapel. The speaker for the ceremony will be Noll.

 

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

Press Contacts:

Eric Frazier
(336) 758-5237


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(336) 758-5237


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