Parents & Families E-Newsletter - May 2015

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E-newsletter from the Office of Parent Programs

Congratulations to the Class of 2015 and their proud parents and families! We had a wonderful (if warm!) Commencement ceremony and an extraordinary speech by Stephen Colbert.

Mr. Colbert took a walk down memory lane and recounted Wake Forest’s origins as what he termed “the seductively named Wake Forest Manual Labor Institute.” He gave a nod to Dean Shore, our beloved campus barber, got in a couple of digs at our athletic rivals, and talked about our tradition of rolling the Quad, and so much more. If you didn’t watch his speech online, it is available online and begins around the 59 minute mark.

He balanced humor with seriousness, talking about his own work and how to set standards for success:

“Over the years, I have given my work a lot of thought. I have my own standard for success now. I have a pretty good idea of what jokes will get laughs and a pretty good idea of what jokes may be iffy, but I’m going to say them anyway because I kind of like how iffy they are. Those who have watched my show over the years know I have made that decision many times. But having my own standards is why I could keep going at times when no one laughed or when I thought the person I was interviewing might throw a punch at me. It’s also why the epitaph on my tombstone will probably read, ‘Well, I thought it was funny.’
Of course, any standards worth having will be a challenge to meet, and most of the time, you will fall short. But what is nice about having your own set of standards is, from now on, you fill out your own report card. So do yourself a favor, be an easy grader. Score yourself on a curve. Give yourself extra credit. You have the power. You are your own professor now... So I hope you find the courage to decide for yourself what is right and what is wrong and then please expect as much of the world around you. Try to make the world good according to your standards.”

You can see full Commencement coverage and watch the full Commencement ceremony online. The Baccalaureate ceremony is also available to watch online. Also, there are wonderful photos of Commencement weekend in our photo gallery, and you can view the best #WFUGrad coverage on social media.

And as we celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2015, we also look to the new Class of 2019. The web site is now live. If you are the parent or family member of an incoming first-year student (or P’19, as we call you), please be sure to check out the Parents and Families section of to see information just for you.

This time of year is bittersweet as we say goodbye to our seniors and prepare to welcome our new students. We are grateful to have them – as well as all of you! – as part of our Wake Forest Family!

Go Deacs!

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

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

Summer Session 1
May 25-July 2

Tuition due for students attending Summer Session 1 and/or 2
June 1

Student insurance open enrollment period
June 1-August 1

Summer Session 2
July 6-August 8

Family Weekend Registration goes live at 10 am
July 15

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

For Incoming First Year Families (Class of 2019)

For parents and family of the Class of 2019: the website is now live. is 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. The purple Parents and Families section on the bottom left of the main page shows you Important Dates and Deadlines, helpful advice for new parents, and more.

Please consider signing up for the Just for Parents: Helping with the Transition to College and Beyond orientation session; this takes place the evening of Move-In during a required residence hall meeting for students. This highly-regarded program focuses on common issues experienced during the college years, child/parent relationship strategies, healthy boundaries, suggestions for maintaining emotional and physical health, and ways to access the numerous support systems available on campus. Registration is open.

New Student Receptions are currently being planned in areas where we have sizeable concentrations of new students. We welcome you and your family to attend if you are able. More information will be available in the coming weeks, so check the New Student Receptions website closer to the end of May for full details or to register for a reception.


The Masters in Management program can help your students prepare for and define their future. Watch a video testimonial with MA students, or learn more about their Action Learning Projects and the technical skills that give MA graduates an edge. Merit-based scholarships still available for qualified Wake Forest students. Contact John White, Director, or Perry Holding, Assistant Director, with questions.

Campus Life and Events

Thrive has suggestions about how to help your students attend to their wellbeing during the summer. Stay in touch with Thrive on Facebook and Twitter for more details.


The Fall 2015 Student Health Insurance enrollment and waiver form is available through the Student Insurance Program website, and enrollment/waiver may also be submitted online at The open enrollment period is June 1 - August 1. Currently enrolled students have been notified of the open enrollment period and given instructions on how to enroll or waive via their WFU email address. New students in the Class of 2019 will also need to enroll or waive coverage.

Parents of graduating seniors (Class of 2015): the Office of Personal and Career Development collects information on the post-graduation plans of every senior. Please encourage your graduate to complete their post-grad form as soon as possible!

From the Student Health Service: Did your son or daughter just graduate? If so, encourage him/her to log onto the Student Health Portal to print off important health care records. Students can access and print off official copies of their immunization record as well as reports from any laboratory tests obtained during visits to Student Health Service. Read more.

Student Financial Services reminds families that summer school tuition and fees for both summer sessions are due on June 1, 2015.

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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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Let’s Talk About Mental Health
May 20th, 2015

Today is Mental Health Blog Day – an effort to help raise awareness that May is Mental Health Month. And it seems really fitting that we talk about mental health because it is a) part of Wake Forest’s Thrive efforts on holistic wellbeing, and b) mental health is critically important to all of us, but perhaps especially to college students. [more ...]

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