Arnold Palmer to address Wake Forest graduates, three to receive honorary degrees

By Jacob McConnico
April 29, 2005

Arnold Palmer, one of the most beloved golf legends of all time and a Wake Forest University alumnus, will deliver the university's commencement address during a May 16 ceremony on Thomas K. Hearn Jr. Plaza (the Quad). Three distinguished people in the fields of medicine, law and education will receive honorary degrees during the ceremony.

Arnold Palmer

Arnold Palmer

Palmer is scheduled to address approximately 1,450 undergraduate and graduate students during the 9 a.m. outdoor ceremony. Commencement is not open to the public and parking passes will be required to enter campus on commencement day. Tickets to the ceremony and all commencement weekend events are reserved for graduates and their guests.

The graduation ceremony will be Thomas K. Hearn Jr.'s last as president of Wake Forest. Hearn will retire June 30 after 22 years as president of the university.

Honorary degrees to be awarded during the commencement ceremony include: doctor of laws to Oliver White Hill, a famed civil rights attorney and Presidential Medal of Honor recipient; doctor of science to Dr. Bernard Lown, developer of the defibrillator, professor of cardiology emeritus at Harvard School of Public Health and Nobel Peace Prize recipient; and doctor of humanities to Wake Forest alumnus Michael Dennis Piscal, president and founder of the Inner City Education Foundation and head of View Park Preparatory Accelerated Charter Schools in Los Angeles.

Approximately 850 undergraduates and 600 graduate and professional school students will receive degrees during commencement.

Jane Freeman Crosthwaite, professor of religion at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts and a 1959 graduate of Wake Forest, will deliver the baccalaureate address at 11 a.m. May 15 in Wait Chapel.

Each of the university's graduate and professional schools will hold private ceremonies on either May 14 or 15 in Wait Chapel where graduating students will receive their school's hood to wear at commencement.

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Divinity School will hold their hooding ceremonies May 14. The Graduate School ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. and will feature speaker Mitchell Robinson. Robinson holds a doctorate in biochemistry from Wake Forest and is associate dean for graduate studies and professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University. At 7 p.m., Diane Wudel, assistant professor in the Divinity School at Wake Forest, will address graduates of the Divinity School.

On May 15, the Wake Forest School of Law, Babcock Graduate School of Management and Wake Forest School of Medicine will hold their hooding ceremonies. The law school's hooding ceremony will be at 1:45 p.m. and will feature Dennis W. Archer, former president of the American Bar Association, as speaker. At 4 p.m., Lown will address graduates of the medical school. Mackey J. McDonald, chairman, chief executive officer and president of VF Corporation, will deliver the address for the Babcock School's hooding ceremony at 7 p.m.

Editors' Note: Media are invited to cover commencement; media credentials and parking passes will be required. Contact the News Service to request passes.

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