A Message from the Dean

From Dean Jonathan L. Walton

March 13, 2020

Dear Wake Forest Divinity Community:

“Time is filled with swift transition….”

I know that you are aware of President Nathan Hatch’s recent announcement.  Wake Forest has canceled classes through Sunday, March 22, and we will resume with remote instruction for the next few weeks.   We are both committed to our educational mission and protecting the health of the Wake Forest community and surrounding neighbors.  

Many of you have already written with important questions and concerns. Please consult the Wake Forest University COVID-19 website for answers.  

This situation is changing by the hour, and we will continue to update you as new developments unfold.  We appreciate your grace and patience as we all try to respond to this international public health crisis thoughtfully yet swiftly. 

One area that I want to be clear, however, has to do with financial aid.  If you rely on a work-study job for your income or provide research assistance to a professor, do not worry.  Your supervisors will identify tasks and responsibilities for your role that you can complete remotely. Thus, you can continue to submit your hours for pay without any disruption to your income.  Please be in contact with your supervisor as soon as possible. And if you have any other questions regarding financial aid, please see this FAQ list

Finally, during this time of increased stress and uncertainty, let us remember what makes our community unique.  Let us not forget what makes us Wake Div! Social-distancing should not negate our commitment to one another. Moments of crisis and uncertainty impact us all, but particularly the most vulnerable.  The necessary precautions to combat the COVID-19 virus can also heighten other health concerns like food insecurity, depression, and anxiety.  

Please be sure to check in with classmates, colleagues, and church members in ways that are safe and appropriate.  Please communicate with us. The administration, faculty, and staff are here to confront the challenges of the moment with you.  Nobody should suffer in silence. We are our siblings’ keepers. So let’s keep learning, leading, and loving together.  

We are Wake Div!