Parents & Families E-Newsletter - March 2015

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E-newsletter from the Office of Parent Programs

March came in like a lion with the big news that Stephen Colbert will be the Commencement 2015 speaker on Monday, May 18. Here’s a snippet from our news release:

“Stephen Colbert is a best-selling author, writer, comedian, former presidential candidate and television personality. He is most widely known as the host and executive producer of Comedy Central’s acclaimed series, ‘The Colbert Report,’ which audiences and critics alike hailed as one of the top comedy shows on television.

‘We are thrilled Stephen Colbert has accepted the invitation to speak at Wake Forest’s commencement ceremony,’ said President Nathan O. Hatch. ‘I’m not sure what our graduates will enjoy more – how his creative genius reflects the exaggerated extremes of politics and contemporary life or how so many of us at Wake Forest will find ourselves on the receiving end of his jokes.’

Also joining Wake Forest for the commencement weekend will be baccalaureate speaker Jonathan L. Walton, the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals at Harvard University and Pusey Minister in Harvard’s Memorial Church. He is also a professor of religion and society on the faculty of divinity.”

For parents and families of the Class of 2015, the Commencement website is live. Visit it for information about tickets, scheduling, and more.

Hope your students had a wonderful and restful Spring Break and are ready to have a fantastic end to the semester.

Go Deacs!

Betsy Chapman ('92, MA '94)
Director of Parent Programs

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

Fall 2015 academic advising period
March 16-27

Grad Fair for graduating seniors
March 18

Registration for Fall 2015 classes
March 30 - April 9

Fall tuition deposit due for returning undergraduates (notice goes out February 15)
March 31

Housing and Dining Selection
April 13-17

Classes end
April 29

Final exams
May 1-7

For a full list of events, view the University Calendar.


The Office of Academic Advising reminds parents and families of the following important dates in the Fall 2015 academic advising and course registration period:

  • March 16 - March 27 — Fall 2015 Academic Advising period - *all students must meet with their Academic Advisers prior to registration*
  • March 30 - April 9 — Rounds 1 & 2 of registration for the Fall 2015 Semester

Does your student need additional credits, or does he/she want to focus on an important prerequisite for a potential major? Summer Session can be a wonderful way to accomplish those goals for many Wake Forest students. The academic summer session at Wake Forest offers a significant opportunity to accrue credits toward graduation on the Reynolda Campus as well as in one of several courses offered abroad. These experiences will be offered between May 26 - July 2 (Session 1) and July 7 - August 10 (Session 2).

Campus Life and Events

Residence Life & Housing reminds families that Housing and Dining selection will take place in April. Information about the Room Selection process is available on the Residence Life and Housing website. See the Parents’ Page News section for times for Info Sessions, Q&A Tables, and Help Desk (on the Where Will You Wake? flyer). Before Housing and Dining Selection in April, talk to your student about which meal plan will best suit their needs for next year.

Thrive continues their Dimensions by the Month Campaign featuring physical and intellectual wellbeing. Check out the Parents Only monthly Wellbeing blog series which include tips, tools, and resources. Stay in touch with us on Facebook and Twitter for more details.

Wake n’ Shake: The Reynolds Varsity Gym will be rocking on Saturday, March 21st when over 1,300 students from across campus will be on their feet for 12 hours (noon-midnight) to raise awareness and monies for the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund. The 10th anniversary of the Wake ‘n Shake Dance Marathon will feature live music, testimonies from Cancer Team Champions, food, games and entertainment. All students are welcome to participate in this fun and meaningful Wake Forest tradition. For more information and dancer registration, please visit

ARAMARK/Campus Dining would like families to be aware of their Meal Swipe Sale that is taking place after Spring Break. Starting March 16th, any student with a current meal plan can add more meal swipes and Old Gold swipes. Students can take advantage of the sale by going to Reynolda Hall, Room 12. Prices will be available on on March 16th. Sale ends March 31st.


From Student Financial Services: Student Financial Services would like to remind all students and parents that the $500 returning fall 2015 tuition deposit is due on March 31, 2015. An email communication was sent to students’ WFU email address in early March. Further information regarding the payment of the deposit is available online.

From Student Health Service: Is your son or daughter considering international travel this summer for leisure, study abroad or service? If so, the Student Health Service International Travel Clinic should be part of their travel planning.

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As a reminder, most administrative offices work on a Monday-Friday 8:30am-5 pm schedule. However, if you have an urgent need to reach someone at the university because you have a concern that must be addressed quickly, we have designated the University Police as our 24/7 contact. They can assess the situation and determine who best to address your concern. The 24-hour contact number for University Police is 336.758.5591 (non emergency) or 336.758.5911 (emergency). They can get in touch with on-call duty staff 24-hours/day.

The Daily Deac

Senior Oration: Shoshanna Goldin ’15
March 16th, 2015

Last but certainly not least, we come to our final Senior Oration feature. This is from Shoshanna Goldin ’15, and it is titled Near and Far: The Impact of a Demon Deacon.


College. The word implies mountains of textbooks and rivers of lukewarm coffee. Entering Wake Forest University, we were eager to dive headfirst into biology lab and literary analysis. Four years later, we reflect how experiences in the Forest equipped us to take on local and global challenges as a community. As we prepare to write our next chapter, I ponder three questions. [more ...]

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