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Former Virginia Governor Mark Warner to address more than 1,500 Wake Forest graduates May 15

By Jacob McConnico
336.758.5237
April 13, 2006

Former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner will deliver Wake Forest University's 164th commencement address and receive an honorary doctor of laws degree May 15.

More than 1,500 undergraduate and graduate students will receive diplomas at the 9 a.m. outdoor ceremony on the university's Hearn Plaza (the Quad).

The Rev. Barbara Brown Taylor, a religion professor at Piedmont College in Georgia, will deliver the baccalaureate address at 11 a.m. May 14 in Wait Chapel. She will be awarded an honorary doctor of divinity degree during commencement.

The commencement and 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.

Walter A. Orenstein, associate director of the Emory University Vaccine Center, former assistant surgeon general of the U.S. Public Health Service and director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Immunization Program, will be awarded an honorary doctor of science degree during the commencement ceremony.

In addition, Elias A. Zerhouni, director of the National Institutes of Health, will be awarded an honorary doctor of science degree during the commencement ceremony.

Approximately 890 undergraduate students will receive bachelor's degrees during commencement. More than 600 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 13 in Wait Chapel. Debra W. Stewart, president of the Council of Graduate Schools, will deliver the hooding address.

The Divinity School's hooding ceremony will be at 7 p.m. May 13 in Wait Chapel. Jill Y. Crainshaw, associate dean for vocational formation and assistant professor of ministry studies at Wake Forest, will speak at the ceremony.

The School of Law will hold its hooding ceremony at 1:45 p.m. May 14 in Wait Chapel. E. Norman Veasey, a senior partner with the law firm Weil, Gotshal and Manges and the former chief justice of the Delaware Supreme Court, will deliver the hooding address.

The hooding ceremony for the School of Medicine will be at 4:15 p.m. May 14 in Wait Chapel. Zerhouni will deliver the hooding address.

The Babcock Graduate School of Management hooding ceremony will be at 7 p.m. May 14 in Wait Chapel. The speaker for the ceremony will be Thomas Dingledine, a Wake Forest graduate and president of Exploration Partners LLC in Charlottesville, Va.

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


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