Parents & Families E-Newsletter - April 2016

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E-newsletter from the Office of Parent Programs

This is the time of year when we feel both sadness and joy: sadness as our Class of 2016 (and their P’16 parents and families!) prepare to graduate from Wake Forest, and joy as we welcome the new members of the Class of 2020 (and their P’20 parents and families).

If you are the parent of a senior, be sure to visit the Commencement web site for information about the weekend’s events. If you are a new P’20 parent joining our Wake Forest family, we look forward to getting to know you and your students over the next four years! And for our P’17s, ’18s, and ’19s, we’re glad we still have you with us for the coming year(s).

Thanks to all of you for being such a special and cherished part of our Wake Forest family. I can’t wait to cheer with you as the Class of 2016 walks across the stage at Commencement!

Go Deacs!

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

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

Classes end
April 27

Reading Day
April 28

Final Examination Period
April 29-May 5

Martin, Poteat, and Huffman halls will close for renovations (see Residence Life section below)
May 6

Final grades due for May Degree Candidates
May 10

Baccalaureate Ceremony
May 15

Commencement 2016
May 16

For a full list of events, view the Academic Calendar or Events Calendar.

For Incoming Parents and Families of enrolling freshmen in the Class of 2020

Mid-May will be the time when you and your Class of ’20 student will start to have access to Orientation information: in mid-May, the New Students website will go live. That will be your place to learn everything about Orientation and your student’s start at Wake Forest. The site will have information added to it throughout the summer, so check it regularly. There will be a Parents and Families section with Important Dates and Deadlines, helpful advice for new parents, and more.

New Student Receptions are currently being planned in areas where we have sizeable concentrations of new students. The preliminary list will go on the New Students website in mid-May and will grow throughout the summer as receptions are added. We welcome you and your family to attend if you are able.


From the Office of Academic Advising (OAA)

Registration for summer classes is still open! Students will be able to register for summer classes until May 31. More information about summer school can be found here.
It’s not too early to be approved for part-time status for the fall! If your student plans to take less than 12 credit hours during the Fall 2016 semester, s/he needs to visit us in the Office of Academic Advising during our walk-in hours (M-F 10-4) for approval. This can be done at any time prior to the fall add deadline (Sept. 13), but it is financially advantageous to do so before the first day of class (Aug. 30)!
Accounting 111: It had been previously communicated that, beginning this coming summer, students with a cumulative GPA below 2.85 would not be allowed to register for ACC 111 (a pre-requisite for application to the Business School). However, the Business School faculty has recently announced that the GPA cutoff will only be advisory – meaning that students below this line will be allowed to register for ACC 111, but will also be advised to consider other options. The 2.85 GPA will officially take effect as a mandatory cutoff for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Commencement is May 16! More information about Commencement weekend can be found here.
Is your student scheduled to graduate in May, but worried that s/he won’t meet one or more criteria required to be eligible? Once final grades have been submitted, if a student finds that s/he is not eligible for May graduation (120 total hours, all major/minor requirements complete, all GPAs above 2.0), s/he may still be eligible to participate in the Commencement ceremony. Students who have completed at least 112 hours, GPA above 2.0 (cumulative & major), and no outstanding judicial sanctions are eligible to participate in Commencement. Students should apply as soon as possible – if it is already known that s/he will not be graduating, s/he should apply now! If it is found that a student will not be eligible to graduate once final grades have come out, s/he should apply that day due to the very short turnaround between the release of final grades and the Commencement ceremony. Students can apply to participate in Commencement through Sarah Dale in the Registrar’s office.

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Campus Life and Events

Residence Life and Housing reminds families of the following:

Students who live in Martin, Poteat, and Huffman Halls have received several messages regarding the early closure of their buildings but we wanted to be sure you have this important information as well. Work on Martin, Poteat, and Huffman Hall improvements will begin on Saturday, May 7, 2016, which means that the buildings will close for ALL residents on Friday, May 6, 2016 at 7:00 pm.
Students who need to stay on campus beyond May 6, 2016 for approved interim housing will need to move to Babcock Hall prior to the buildings close at 7:00 pm on Friday, May 6, 2016. We ask for your help ensuring that your student has gone into WIN and submitted a 2016 Interim Housing Request as soon as possible but no later than May 1, these can be found in WIN under Virtual Campus > Residence Life and Housing.
Seniors will receive special communication from Residence Life & Housing about their transition process to Babcock Hall.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact our office at or 336-758-5185.

The 2016-2017 Student Health Insurance open enrollment period will be 6/1/16 – 8/1/16. All students, new and returning are required to make an election regarding coverage (enroll or waive), as health insurance is required for full-time enrollment at the University. During this time, elections can be made online at In order to waive, you must provide proof of coverage that meets the University criteria. Please visit for more information, or email to


From Student Health Service:

As the end of the semester approaches, Student Health Service would like to remind students who have refills of their medication in the pharmacy to pick up their medication no later than May 3rd. This will allow the pharmacist adequate time to order medication if needed prior to closing of the pharmacy on May 5th. Students who receive allergy injections should also pick up their allergy serum no later than May 4th.
The Student Health Service will be relocating to a temporary location while the transformation of the Reynolds Gymnasium is completed. The new location will be in a modular unit in the North Campus in Lot Q next to Dogwood Residence Hall. All current services will continue to be offered once the clinic reopens on Tuesday, May 24, 2016.

Student Financial Services: Electronic 1098-T Tax Forms – Need to view or print your student's 1098-T tax form? Please visit the Student Financial Services website for more information and instructions. Please note, those with proxy access will only be able to view 1098-T forms online if the student has granted consent for receiving 1098-T's electronically.

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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.

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