Parents & Families E-Newsletter
April 2018

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E-newsletter from the Office of Family Engagement

Spring has sprung and April reminds us that this is one of the most beautiful seasons at Wake Forest. Everything is in bloom right now.

How is it possible that the end of the semester is upon us? Commencement is just a month away, and families of seniors should review the Commencement website for information and details as they plan their trip here for their Deacs' big day.

And as we look forward to celebrating our seniors, we are also welcoming our incoming Class of 2022 for Campus Days for Accepted Students. We can't wait to meet our newest Deacs! The New Students website for incoming students and parents will go live around May 1 — stay tuned for details.

Go Deacs!

Betsy Chapman ('92, MA '94)
Executive Director of Family Communications and Volunteer Management

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

New Students website goes live for the Class of '22
May 1, 2018

Classes end
May 2, 2018

Final Exams
May 4, 2018 - May 11, 2018

May 20, 2018

May 21, 2018

Grades due for non-graduating students
May 22, 2018

Please check here for more parent and family dates:


From the Office of Academic Advising (OAA):

  • Registration for summer classes is still open! Students will be able to register for summer classes until May 30. More information about summer school can be found here.
  • Classes end on May 2. Final exams begin on May 4 and last until May 11.
  • It's not too early to be approved for part-time status for the fall! If your student plans to take less than 12 credit hours during the Fall 2018 semester, s/he needs to visit the Office of Academic Advising during walk-in hours (Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) for approval. This can be done at any time prior to the Fall add deadline (Sept. 10), but it is financially advantageous to do so before the first day of class (Aug. 27)! Details about part-time status.
  • Graduation is May 21! More information about Commencement weekend can be found here.
  • If your student wishes to take more than 17 hours for the Fall 2018 semester, s/he will need to compete the Exceed 17 Hour Limit Form and get permission from his/her faculty adviser and the Office of Academic Advising. Students should visit the Office of Academic Advising during walk-in hours (Monday-Friday, 10 am to 4 p.m.) for approval.
  • Is your student scheduled to graduate in May, but worried that s/he won't meet one or more criteria required to be eligible? Once final grades have been submitted, if a student finds that s/he is not eligible for May graduation (120 total hours, all major/minor requirements complete, all GPAs above 2.0), s/he may still be eligible to participate in the Commencement ceremony. Students who have completed at least 112 hours, have a GPA above 2.0 (cumulative & major), and have no outstanding judicial sanctions, are eligible to participate in Commencement. Students should apply as soon as possible — if it is already known that s/he will not be graduating, s/he should apply now! If it is found that a student will not be eligible to graduate once final grades have come out, s/he should apply that day due to the very short turnaround between the release of final grades and the Commencement ceremony. Students can apply to participate in Commencement through Sarah Dale in the Registrar's office.

Campus Life & Events

The Office of Personal and Career Development announces City Search — Careers & Internships for Students: Are you still seeking a summer internship or full time position in one of these regions? Are you relocating, interested in connecting with fellow students and Wake Alumni? Register on Handshake to attend one of these 45-minute programs:

  • New York City, Tuesday, April 24 12:30 p.m. — Innovation Station, OPCD
  • San Francisco/Los Angeles, Wednesday, April 25 12:00 p.m. — Heritage Room
  • Washington, DC, Thursday, April 26 12:30 p.m.— Innovation Station, OPCD
  • Charlotte/Raleigh Durham, April 27 12:00 p.m. — Innovation Station, OPCD

There will also be a Wake Forest Connects - DC event and a DC Career Trek later in May. Read more.

Does your organization have a just in time hiring need for an entry-level position or summer internship? It's not too late to share your opportunities with us! You can easily post your opportunity within Handshake or email it to directly to one of our Employer Relations staff.


Residence Life and Housing has published information about spring semester residence hall closing. Please review this information so you are aware of dates by which your students must move out of their residence halls. Information about interim housing, summer school housing, and important 2018-19 academic year dates are also available. Read more.

From the Office of Sustainability: Students are encouraged to donate or recycle unwanted books, furniture, clothing, and other materials when they move out this spring. These move out waste reduction initiatives are sponsored by Residence Life & Housing, Goodwill, Facilities & Campus Services, and the Office of Sustainability. Below is a description of all donation and reuse stations that make it easy for students to divert waste from the landfill.

  • Deacs Donate: Small items can be placed in blue Goodwill donation boxes in the lobby of every residence hall. Bulky items (futons, shelving units, bookshelves, rugs, etc.) can be taken out in front of each residence hall and placed next to the Deacs Donate signs.
  • Book Donations: Unwanted books can be donated to Better World Books which collects and resells these books to fund local literacy initiatives at home and abroad. Collection boxes are located in the bottom floor of the bookstore near the registers.
  • Bike Donations: Students who are graduating and no longer want their bicycles are encouraged to donate their bikes to the WFU ReCycle

From Student Financial Services:

  • For students attending Summer sessions, SFS will begin billing Summer I & II charges on May 1st. The due date for all Summer charges is June 1st.
  • Student Financial Services will pre-bill all students, including our new, incoming first-year students, for the Fall 2018 semester on June 1st. The June 1 bill gives students and families an idea of what they will owe on the final tuition due date of August 1st. Please note that housing typically includes an estimated double room charge which could change depending on your student's room assignment. Pre-billing in June also gives students and families time to waive health insurance or make any other changes that are needed. Another bill will be available around July 1, but the due date for Fall tuition is still August 1. Please ensure your student registers you as an authorized payer in DEAC to ensure billing notification are sent to you. For more information, please visit the SFS website.

The Safe Office is a confidential resource available to all students on the Reynolda Campus of Wake Forest University who have experienced sexual misconduct including sexual assault, harassment, stalking, and relationship abuse. The Safe Office provides a 24/7 crisis response line when school is in session and year-round counseling, advocacy, education, and prevention services. They support all students on campus, from those who have had firsthand experiences to their friends, family members, and other support people on campus, as well. Read an interview about the work of the Safe Office.

Wakeware: Before you buy a computer for your student, please be aware of WakeWare,the student laptop program. WakeWare laptops are guaranteed to work with all academic software, has educational-based pricing (for greater discounts), provides a loaner laptop in case repairs are needed, and has built-in accidental damage protection. WakeWare laptops will be available for purchase on June 1 both online and at the WFU Campus Bookstore. Vendors have been known to announce mid-summer promotions, so if taking advantage of those is important to you, we encourage you to wait until July to order your laptop. Students who receive institutional aid from Wake Forest (athletic, merit, or need-based) may be eligible for a Technology Grant and will be emailed in mid-May. Contact the WakeWare Program Manager with any questions you may have at

Campus Safety

The investigation into the murder of Winston-Salem State University Student Najee Ali Baker has remained active and ongoing. As a result of the investigation, 21 year old Jakier Shanique Austin has been charged with Murder, Possession of a Gun on Educational Property and Carrying a Concealed Weapon. Austin was taken into custody late Wednesday, April 11, 2018 and is currently being held at the Mecklenburg County Jail with no bond allowed pending his transfer to Forsyth County. Details.

The Wake Forest University Police Department will go up for re-accreditation with a team of assessors from the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA). They will examine all aspects of the Wake Forest University Police Department's policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services. Wake Forest University Police Department was the first campus law enforcement agency to be accredited by IACLEA in 2008.

Wake Forest's student-run Emergency Medical Service (EMS) is recognized on campus for serving an important role in providing first responder medical care. On April 7, Wake Forest EMS received much positive attention from local news media when it participated in a mass casualty drill at Lawrence Joel Veterans Coliseum. Student volunteers who are trained as EMTs joined with Forsyth County EMS, the Winston-Salem Fire Department, Wake Forest Student Health Service and the Wake Forest Police Department in the drill. The EMS last fall gained a new office on the ground floor of the Reynolds Gym near the Student Health Service, making it easier to respond to emergency calls on campus.

We encourage parents and others to sign up to receive crime alerts on the Wake Ready web site, in addition to downloading the LiveSafe app. While crime alerts are sent in real time to students, faculty and staff, they are not for others. For those registered through Wake Ready, crime alerts are emailed daily at noon, but only if new alerts have been posted in the previous 24 hours.

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As a reminder, most administrative offices work on a Monday-Friday 8:30am-5 p.m. 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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