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May 29, 2015

The Alumni Newsletter of  WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY

Photo by Ken Bennett

EDITORS' PICKS

Commencement's wit and wisdom

Stephen Colbert, the comedian who spoke at Commencement, got his share of laughs May 18, but the Rev. Jonathan L. Walton of Harvard University brought down the house with this one at Baccalaureate: "Whether you're graduating summa cum laude; whether you are graduating magna cum laude and some of you are just graduating 'thank the laude' — whatever category you fall in, you cannot forget the people who made it possible." The applause for parents resounded throughout Wait Chapel (or maybe it was from the students 'thanking the laude').

The academic year ended with ceremonial splendor and such high notes — gratitude for parents, hugs for professors, bittersweet moments of joy and farewells. Commencement weekend showed off the best of Wake Forest to the thousands on campus and to viewers in more than 100 countries who watched Colbert poke fun at our traditions and even our president, "Nate Dawg" or "the Hatchet." Don't miss the spirited highlights and photos: Enjoy!

Best wishes,

Maria Henson

Maria Henson ('82)
Associate Vice President and Editor-at-Large
magazine.wfu.edu

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