Advisory: Media invited to cover presidential inauguration activities at WFU

By Kevin Cox
October 17, 2005

The media is invited to cover the numerous events that have been scheduled at Wake Forest University this week to celebrate the inauguration of Nathan O. Hatch as the university's 13th president. The week's central event is the 3 p.m. Oct. 20 ceremony in which Hatch will be installed as president. Other highlights include an Oct. 18 prayer breakfast and service, two Oct. 19 symposiums, and an Oct. 21 inaugural ball.

For the Oct. 20 installation ceremony, the news media will need to pick up credentials at Wake Forest, just before the event. Details are included at the end of this advisory. Wake Forest-issued media credentials are not required for other inauguration activities.

Key inauguration activities include:

Tuesday, Oct. 18

  • Invitation-only prayer breakfast/public prayer service, Oct. 18, Union Baptist Church, 1200 N. Trade St. The breakfast, an invitation-only event, starts at 7:15 a.m. in the fellowship hall, Room 201. The service, free and open to the public, begins at 8:15 a.m. in the sanctuary. The service features keynote speaker Maya Angelou, Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest. Hatch will make comments at the service, as will various community religious leaders. For breakfast, media should enter the building through the south-side parking lot; for the service, media should enter through the front door of the sanctuary. At the service, TV cameras should set up at the rear wall of the sanctuary.

    Wednesday, Oct. 19

  • Public academic symposiums, Oct. 19, Brendle Recital Hall, Scales Fine Arts Center. The first symposium runs from 10 a.m. to noon. It is titled "Why the Liberal Arts? Exploring the Aims of a University Education." The second symposium runs from 2 to 4 p.m. It is titled "The Moral Challenges of Professional Life." The symposiums are free and open to the public. The front rows, far left and right sections, are reserved for media. TV cameras should set up at the rear wall of the hall.

    Thursday, Oct. 20

  • Installation ceremony, Oct. 20, Wait Chapel. The ceremony is not a public event. It is a ticketed event open only to students, faculty, staff and guests. It will begin at 3 p.m. and conclude at approximately 4:30 p.m. The front rows, far left and right sections, are reserved for media. TV cameras may set up in the chapel on the stair landings on both sides of the chapel, as is usually done at university convocations. Media needing audio of the event should arrive by 2:30 p.m.
  • Reception following Installation, Oct. 20. Hearn Plaza (Quad). Held immediately after the installation ceremony, the reception is open to the Wake Forest community. It is not a public event; the media is invited.

    Friday, Oct. 21

  • Inaugural ball, Oct. 21, Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Organized by Wake Forest students, the semi-formal ball is a ticketed event for students, faculty, staff and invited guests. It is not a public event; the media is invited. The ball will be held from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Hatch will speak at 9:45 p.m., followed by a performance by music group Snackbar Jones. Media will need their own organization's media credentials for admission.

    Parking passes

    The Wake Forest News Service has contacted media in North Carolina to offer parking passes for inauguration-related activities. The passes will be helpful Oct. 19 and 20, when campus parking will be limited. On Oct. 19, inauguration parking will be reserved on Davis Field, located along Wake Forest Road, across the street from Davis Residence Hall. On Oct. 20, inauguration parking will be reserved in lots A and P, located on both sides of Wait Chapel, and in Davis Field and Poteat Field, located along Wingate Road, across the street from Poteat Residence Hall. On Oct. 20, TV trucks should park in Lot B between Davis and Taylor residence halls. If you need a pass, please contact the News Service at 336-758-5237 or

    Media credentials

    The News Service will provide credentials for media to enter Wait Chapel Oct. 20 for the installation ceremony. The credentials will be distributed at a table set up Oct. 20 on Hearn Plaza in front of the Wake Forest Post Office, near Wait Chapel, beginning at 2 p.m. The News Service will distribute packets of inauguration information to the media when they pick up their credentials. The media may visit two Wake Forest Web sites for inauguration information. The News Service Web site is at It provides a link to a special inauguration Web site located at

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