Hats Off to Graduates
"I'm impressed that your achievements have attracted so much media attention."
Jill Abramson's first lighthearted observation came early in the Commencement speech on May 19 that drew national media attention. The previous Wednesday she had been sacked as the executive editor of The New York Times, the first female executive editor in the Times' history. Wake Forest would end up being the setting for her first public address. While she did not divulge details about her firing, she used her 11-minute speech to emphasize resilience and establish common ground with graduates: "What’s next for me? I don't know. So I'm in exactly the same boat as many of you. And like you, I'm a little scared but also excited."
The day was picture-perfect for the 1,100 undergraduates and 800 Wake Foresters leaving the University's graduate and professional schools. Abramson made sure the media spotlight stayed on them, surprising many by shaking hands with every undergraduate crossing the stage. Read about Abramson’s speech and see photos from one of our favorite days of the year.
Congrats, Class of 2014!
Maria Henson ('82)
Associate Vice President and Editor-at-Large