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Commencement 2008

E.J. Dionne Jr.

Class of '08: The next Great Generation
More than 1,500 undergraduate and graduate students received diplomas during Graduation Exercises on Hearn Plaza on May 19. Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne Jr. told the class of 2008 that they have the potential to be "one of the great reforming generations in our country's history."

Commencement program [PDF] »
E.J. Dionne's address: text and audio »
E.J. Dionne's address: video »
Right Rev. Vashti M. McKenzie address: video »
Right Rev. Vashti M. McKenzie address: audio »
Commencement photo gallery 1 »
Commencement photo gallery 2 »
Commencement photo gallery 3 »
Commencement webcast »
Time Lapse Video »
Baccalaureate photo gallery »

The Right Rev. Vashti McKenzie

Commencement, baccalaureate DVDs
Want to relive the excitement of commencement? DVDs of the commencement program, including the address by Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne Jr., and of the baccalaureate service, featuring the address by Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, are now available.

Robert Wuthnow

Six receive honorary degrees
Honorary degrees were awarded to six individuals during commencement: Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne; Dr. Catherine DeAngelis, the first female editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Medical Association; The Right Rev. Vashti McKenzie, the first female bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church; Richard Noll, chief executive officer of Hanesbrands Inc.; James Talent, former Republican senator of Missouri; and Robert Wuthnow, chair of the sociology department at Princeton University.

Joseph Lazazzero

Senior Orations: Lessons learned
A few thoughts on freedom, rereading history and lessons from Orphanage #105: Dorian Cowan, Jae Haley and Joseph Lazazzero share their Senior Orations, delivered May 18.

Honoring the Class of 2008

Honoring the Class of 2008
Fullbright Scholars »
Honors and Awards [PDF] »
Students inducted into Phi Beta Kappa »
James Scott: Thanks for your support »
OG&B cartoonist William Warren wins award »
Christina Chauvenet wins research competition »
Jordan Jones wins Christman Service Award »
James Beshara starts study-abroad fund »

Ali Carroll

Meet the Class of 2008
Meet some members of the Class of '08 as they look back on their last four years — and what lies ahead.
Nick Catanese »
Benny Cooper »
Ali Carroll »
Louis Frazier »
Erin Lopez »
Keon McGuire »
Natalie Mullikin »

W.C. 'Bill' Kerr

Class of the finest: retiring faculty
Wake Forest bids farewell to a quartet of faculty giants: the world's foremost scholar of Dante's Divine Comedy, an artist who helped sculpt the art department, the longtime chair of classical languages, and a stalwart of the physics department.
Allen Mandelbaum »
Robert H. 'Bob' Knott »
John 'Andy' Andronica »
W.C. 'Bill' Kerr »
Bowman Gray retirees »

Get your programs here!
Commencement program, Baccalaureate program and each school's hooding program.

Commencement wit and wisdom
"Party on, Demon Deacons, party on," were Secretary of State Colin Powell's final words of advice to the Class of 2004. Read Powell's full speech, as well as addresses given by John McCain, Barbara Bush, Michael Bloomberg, Arnold Palmer and others.

Commencement trivia
The year the tent fell down, the year it rained, and the year commencement was first held on the Quad.

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