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Dr. Wente delivers second Presidential Address

Good afternoon! Thank you Professor Banks for that kind introduction and for your leadership as President of the Faculty Senate. And my appreciation also to the Faculty Senate for co-hosting this event, and the Demon Divas for your welcoming performance. Finally, my thanks to all of you for joining me on this Thursday before Thanksgiving. We have much to reflect upon and much to be thankful for.

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New Student Convocation 2022

Remarks as prepared Thank you, Reverend Auman, for your thoughtful invocation and your commitment to our Wake Forest community.  And to the deans, chairs and professors, and to the incredible staff gathered, thank you for joining us at the new student convocation. Class of 2026 — Welcome! Welcome to Wake Forest University.  This ceremony marks […]

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2022 Commencement Welcome

Good morning, Wake Forest! It is so great to be here. To all the family members and friends joining us today, welcome to campus! We are here today to celebrate an amazing cohort of graduating students, to recognize their accomplishments, and to mark a new chapter in their personal and professional lives. So, before we go any further, let me say to our seniors, to the class of 2022: YOU DID IT. Let’s hear it for them.

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2022 Baccalaureate Welcome

Delivered in Wait Chapel on May 15, 2022. Remarks as prepared To our families, friends, and visitors today, on behalf of the entire Wake Forest community, welcome to campus.  We’re here to honor our graduating students — though of course most of you haven’t quite graduated yet. … That will come in the commencement, hooding and degree conferral […]

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Inauguration Address

(remarks as prepared) My thanks to all of you for being here today. I’m so honored to stand before you as Wake Forest’s 14th president. There are many people I would like to recognize and thank— please forgive me for not mentioning everyone by name. First, our Board of Trustees. Thank you for your love […]

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Remarks at Founders’ Day Convocation

Delivered in Wait Chapel on Feb. 17, 2022. Remarks as prepared. View Full Video Welcome to our 2022 Founders’ Day Convocation. This is my first Founders’ Day on campus, as it may be for many of you, and I’m delighted we can meet together in person. Like many of our newest students, I’m still learning […]

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Update from President Wente

Wake Forest President Susan R. Wente shares her thoughts about working together to overcome safety concerns.

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Dr. Wente delivers first Presidential Address

On November 19, 2021, Dr. Susan R. Wente delivered her first presidential address as the 14th president of Wake Forest University. In her remarks, she shared about her journey of discovery, engagement and initial observations. Watch the video or read the text of the speech below the video.

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Welcome back, Wake Forest!

Welcome to the Fall 2021 semester! I’m thrilled that we’re here on campus, starting this academic year together, in person. As a new member of the Wake Forest community, I have recently had the special opportunity and joy of discovering something wonderful about this University nearly every single day. And that’s so much of what […]

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Message to the Wake Forest Community

Greetings, Wake Forest community! My name is Susan Wente, and I am thrilled to have accepted the invitation to be Wake Forest University’s 14th president. Every meeting and discussion with the Search Committee, and all of my learnings about this distinctive University, showed me how special Wake Forest is, and more importantly, how passionate and […]

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