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Wake Forest graduates 1,600 students

Commencement was held inside for the first time since 1991, but that didn't dampen the enthusiasm of 1,600 graduates and their families. American Express CEO Kenneth Chenault urged the graduates to lead lives of Pro Humanitate.

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President Hatch: The virtue and vice of ambition

In his remarks to the graduates, President Nathan O. Hatch talked about the "virtue and vice" of ambition. "How do you relate the drive for achievement, to make a name for yourself, with the commitment to live for the common good — Wake Forest's motto Pro Humanitate?

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Bill Leonard: The power of 'un-naming'

Divinity school dean Bill Leonard, in his sermon to graduates at the Baccalaureate service in Wait Chapel May 16, encouraged them to "un-name" racism and evil and embrace "names like gentle, merciful, pure in heart and peacemaker."

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Meet the Class of 2010

Meet Christopher Smyre, who founded My Brother's Keeper; Monica Petrescu, a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship; AJ Warr, who received the Christman and Schoonmaker service awards; amd more.

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What's on your 'bucket list'?

Visit the Old Campus and Pilot Mountain; eat one last time at Bell Brothers and Cook Out; thank professors and friends; and finally understand Tribble Hall's awkward split levels: those are just a few of the things on graduates' "bucket lists."

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Seniors leave a lasting legacy

Several seniors are leaving behind projects that will continue to have an impact on campus and beyond after they graduate — from a new scholarship program, to a GPS system for the campus shuttle, to a new book that explains cancer to children.

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Senior Orations: 'We are Wake Forest'

Zahir Rahman, Monica Giannone and Katie Miners talk about the Wake Forest spirit, overcoming fear of the unknown, and taking the road less traveled as they look back on their four years at Wake Forest.

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Senior Showcase highlights research projects

Courtney Vris, Anna Nicodemus and Mallory Durr were selected by their faculty mentors to present their senior projects at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library's first Senior Showcase.

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Fourteen seniors named Wake Forest Fellows

Fourteen seniors will remain at Wake Forest following graduation as Wake Forest Fellows, working for the next year in the President's Office, Information Systems, University Advancement and in other offices.

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Senior's project helps Dominican children attend school

Senior Laura George's new program, Look Smart, provides school supplies and uniforms to children in the Dominican Republic and recently was recognized as a semifinalist in Dell computer's Social Innovation Competition.

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Senior wins Community Impact Award

In recognition of her volunteerism over the last four years, senior Amy Bachman was one of 27 college students from across North Carolina to be awarded the Community Impact Student Award and a certificate of appreciation from Governor Beverly Perdue.

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