Commencement 2017

The School of Divinity invites families, friends and guests to join us as we celebrate the Class of 2017.

Watch the live stream of our hooding ceremony beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 13.

Graduates should be consulting and completing items on the Graduation Checklist.

Schedule of Events

Saturday, May 13
7:00 p.m. Hooding Ceremony: The Hooding Service is one of the highlights of the School of Divinity experience as graduates gather with family, friends, and the School of Divinity community to celebrate graduation. At the service, graduates receive their masters’ hoods in recognition of completion of requirements for the Master of Divinity degree. Not only is it a celebration of academic achievement, but also a special service of worship.  Wait Chapel
8:30 p.m. Reception: Come enjoy the company of your fellow graduates and their families over hors d’oeuvres. Green Room, Reynolda Hall


Sunday, May 14
9:00 a.m. Baccalaureate Service. Tickets required. Speaker: Killian Noe (’80), Founder of Recovery Cafe in Seattle, WA. Wait Chapel


Monday, May 15
9:00 a.m. Graduation Exercises begin. Tickets required. Speaker: Jon Meacham, Pulitzer-Prize winning author and presidential historian. It is recommended that guests arrive on campus by 8:00 a.m. to avoid area congestion. Students line-up at 8:00 a.m. and the exercises begin at 9:00 a.m. Hearn Plaza
10:30 a.m. Transmigration of Professional School Graduates: Professional school graduates will be guided by marshals.
11:00 a.m. Diploma Ceremony: School of Divinity graduates and their families gather for the presentation of diplomas and a video honoring the class. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and families are invited to come and watch the live stream of the Graduation Exercises from the quad. Wait Chapel



On-campus parking will be limited and every vehicle must have a Commencement parking pass to enter campus on Monday morning. University Police will direct guests to available parking. Additional free parking will be available at BB&T Field. No pass is needed at the stadium and shuttles run continuously to and from campus beginning at 6:00 a.m. Either a Commencement ticket or a Wake Forest ID is required to ride the shuttle.

Two parking passes will be included with each graduate’s ticket order. Hung from the vehicle’s rearview mirror, the placard serves as a gate pass throughout Commencement weekend. One parking pass may be exchanged for one Special Needs parking pass at ticket pickup.

Students do not need parking passes if their cars remain on campus throughout the weekend. However, no one including students can enter campus on Sunday after 10 p.m. without a Commencement parking pass.

View the Commencement parking map PDF for Sunday, May 14, 2017.

View the Commencement parking map PDF for Monday, May 15, 2017.

Photography and Video

The School of Divinity will have a photographer at both the Hooding and Diploma Ceremonies.

Severe Weather Plan

If severe weather is likely, University officials will announce a decision regarding the severe weather plan on the homepage of the commencement website; on the university’s homepage; on a voicemail message at 336.758.5821; and on local radio (600 AM, 88.5 FM) and television (WXII, Channel 12) stations.

In the event of rain, commencement exercises may still continue outdoors on Hearn Plaza. Ponchos will be available for graduates, but guests are encouraged to bring their own rain gear.

If severe weather is likely to end in the early morning, Commencement may be delayed until 9:30 or 10 a.m. in order to hold the program on Hearn Plaza.

If the severe weather plan is put into effect, Commencement will begin at 9:30 a.m. in Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum.



Susan Robinson, Administrative Coordinator for Academic Affairs, 336.758.4157