Commencement

Wall Street Journal

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Colleges get Career-Minded: At Wake Forest University, students can hedge their bets, majoring in history and balancing out Napoleon or the Prussians with a minor in Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship. The five-year-old program, the school’s most popular minor, requires students to learn the practical aspects of starting a business. It is a sign of change in liberal-arts colleges, which are grappling with the responsibility of preparing students for a tight and rapidly shifting job market while still providing the staples of academic inquiry.…

So administrators must convince professors. Andy Chan, who runs career services at Wake Forest, in Winston-Salem, N.C., and his team have met with more than 150 faculty members, and he has a staffer dedicated to initiatives such as encouraging history professors to bring students to the career-services office for webinars with successful alumni. Reception from faculty has been mixed.

Mr. Chan said calls he received from more than 30 schools asking about Wake Forest’s programs prompted him to organize a conference last month titled “Rethinking Success: From the Liberal Arts to Careers in the 21st Century.” It was attended by administrators from more than 70 schools, including Yale, Emory, Brigham Young and Stanford. “Many career directors at schools are feeling this pressure but are trying to figure out: How do we get our whole institution to get behind this?” Mr. Chan said.

Aim high, think boldly, Hatch tells graduates

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In his remarks to the Class of 2010 on May 17, President Nathan Hatch spoke on “ambition.”

“One of the keenest memories of my senior year in college was standing at night on the roof of a building on the north side of Chicago, surveying the twinkling lights of the skyline. It was a marvelous panorama, sparkling and vast, inviting and ominous at the same time. It represented for me the world after graduation in all its complexity.

The view was both alluring and frightening. I had a deep urge to accomplish something significant, to make a difference in the world. Yet I was also gripped by my own insignificance and unsure about my next steps. As I faced leaving the safe confines of college, I had a powerful urge to achieve; but I had no clue about what that meant.”

Read the full text.

Leave with memories and a mission, Chenault tells grads

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American Express CEO Kenneth I. Chenault, in his remarks to the Class of 2010 at Joel Coliseum this morning, told them to live their lives according to Pro Humanitate. “Your school’s motto is not a meaningless Latin phrase. For humanity, it is who you are.”

Commencement moved to LJVM Coliseum

Commencement rain plan in effect. Ceremony moved to Lawrence Joel Coliseum. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. Details.

Commencement moved to Coliseum

Due to expected rain on Monday, the commencement ceremony will be held in Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m.; doors to the coliseum will open at 7:30 a.m.

Read President Hatch’s letter to graduates, families and friends.

Leonard delivers Baccalaureate address to Class of 2010

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Bill Leonard, retiring founding dean of the Wake Forest School of Divinity, delivered the Baccalaureate address to the Class of 2010 this morning. Read the full text of his remarks.

“President Hatch, Provost Tiefenthaler, faculty colleagues, honored graduates, parents, family and friends. My Lord, what a morning — a not-to-be-forgotten moment. We all retain memories of earlier commencements. Thirty-five years ago today I received a PhD from Boston University. For years after that, my father would proudly remind his coffee buddies at the Rexall Drug Store in Jacksboro, Texas: “My son’s a doctor, but not the kind you take your clothes off for!” I got renamed then, as you will tomorrow, so let’s talk about that this morning.”

See the Baccalaureate photo gallery.

Campus prepares for Commencement

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About 1,500 May graduates — 950 undergraduates and 550 graduate and professional school students — are expected to graduate from Wake Forest on May 17. Another 500 students whose degrees were conferred last August and December also will participate in the ceremony on Hearn Plaza.

The commencement ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. The ceremony is reserved for graduates and their guests and is not open to the general public. Parking passes and tickets will be required to enter campus May 17. The ceremony may be viewed live or at a later time via streaming video at www.wfu.edu/commencement.

Meet graduates of the Class of 2010

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Meet Anna Nicodemus, who won prizes for excellence in history and French; student-athlete Ben Wooster, who’s going from BB&T Field to the School of Medicine; and Sabrina Gilchrist, one of the first students to graduate from the new divinity/ counseling program.

The West is History: German professor retires

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Boys being boys, they’ll dare each other on a whim to do wild and crazy stuff. Which explains why Larry West has enjoyed a long and venerable career as a college German professor.

That career, spent almost entirely at Wake Forest, drew to a close this spring with his retirement from the Department of German and Russian. Behind him, the 68-year-old West leaves a redoubtable legacy as a teacher, scholar and study-abroad administrator, along with a cadre of devoted colleagues and former students who have been inspired by his dedication and regaled by his wit.

Where they’ll go from here

May 18 was the end of stellar undergraduate careers for several new alumni/ae. Where will they go from here?

Benn Stancil will work as a Junior Fellow in international economics.

Benn Stancil will work as a Junior Fellow in international economics.

Tyler Humphreys will teach English in Indonesia.

Tyler Humphreys will teach English in Indonesia.

Tyler Humphreys (’09) is headed for Indonesia with the Fulbright program where she will teach English for nine months. Benn Stancil (’09) was one of 10 seniors nationwide to receive a fellowship at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Evan Raleigh (’09) will enter the Master of Arts in Management at Wake Forest’s Babcock School. And debater Odile Hobeika (’09) will be pursuing a joint master’s and doctorate in communication at the University of Pittsburgh.

Read their stories at “Meet a Deacon” and share your comments on this blog.