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May 27, 2016

The Alumni Newsletter of  WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY

Ann Thuy Nguyen ('17)

EDITORS' PICKS

Hats off to the newest alumni

Hollywood could not have scripted a more gorgeous day for our 1,934 University graduates. After "sauna weather" in 2015, this year's Commencement boasted blue skies, a smattering of clouds and -- dare we say it? -- an array of sweaters, jackets and a down vest or two. It was one for the record books.

Eboo Patel, a leading voice for interfaith cooperation, spoke to graduates about their burden of uncertainty. Citing stories of jazz icons Louis Armstrong and Wynton Marsalis, Patel encouraged graduates to follow those musicians' leads and improvise. "You are at a jazz age in your lives, and we are at a new jazz age as a nation."

The graduates had put in their time dedicated to practice and foundational learning. On May 16, they left campus, ready to start the improvisation. Here's to their success! Check out Ken Bennett's Commencement photos.

Cheers,

Maria Henson

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

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