Mark Warner to give commencement address, receive honorary degree at Wake Forest

By Jacob McConnico
May 1, 2006

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

Warner will address approximately 1,500 undergraduate and graduate students during the 9 a.m. outdoor ceremony on Wake Forest's Hearn Plaza (the Quad.). The ceremony is not open to the public and parking passes will be required to enter campus commencement day. Tickets to the ceremony and all commencement weekend events are reserved for graduates and their guests.

The graduation ceremony will be Nathan O. Hatch's first as president of Wake Forest. Hatch became the university's 13th president July 1, 2005.

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. Taylor will receive an honorary doctor of divinity degree during the commencement ceremony.

An honorary doctor of science degree will be awarded during the commencement ceremony to 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.

Elias A. Zerhouni, director of the National Institutes of Health, will also receive an honorary doctor of science degree during the commencement ceremony.

Approximately 890 undergraduates and more than 600 graduate and professional school students will receive degrees during Wake Forest's commencement. Each of the university's graduate and professional schools will hold private ceremonies on either May 13 or 14 in Wait Chapel, where graduating students will receive their school's hood to wear during the commencement ceremony.

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Divinity School will hold their hooding ceremonies May 13. The Graduate School ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. and feature Debra W. Stewart, president of the Council of Graduate Schools, as speaker. At 7 p.m., Jill Y. Crainshaw, associate dean for vocational formation and assistant professor of ministry studies at Wake Forest, will address graduates of the Divinity School.

On May 14, 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 feature E. Norman Veasey, a senior partner with the law firm Weil, Gotshal and Manges and the former chief justice of the Delaware Supreme Court, as speaker. At 4:15 p.m., Zerhouni will address graduates of the medical school, and at 7 p.m., Thomas Dingledine, a Wake Forest graduate and president of Exploration Partners LLC in Charlottesville, Va., will deliver the address for the Babcock School's hooding ceremony.

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