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May 25, 2018

The Alumni Newsletter of  WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY

Ken Bennett

 

EDITORS' PICKS

A Song for Commencement

About 1,800 students received diplomas Monday at a Commencement ceremony that featured more music than what we typically hear from our trusty carillon bells.

Carla Harris, an executive at Morgan Stanley, gave the Commencement address about "choice, chance, change and courage" and punctuated the occasion by singing the chorus of a song. "Expect to win, no matter what you're up against. Don't give up; don't give in, oh, yes, you can," sang the banker/gospel singer who has sold out Carnegie Hall five times.

She provided a highlight for one of our favorite days of the year, even though the 2018 Commencement weekend had us holding our breath. Perpetual rainstorms lately have made Winston-Salem feel like the Amazon, and we wondered until Sunday night whether graduates would need to move to Joel Coliseum for the ceremony. Ponchos were handy, but the rain held off, allowing friends, family and faculty to celebrate graduates on Hearn Plaza.

What will our newest alumni miss? Among their answers: Incredible friendships, study abroad and seeing Wait Chapel every morning on the way to class. Read more about graduates' "Memory Lane" here.

Congratulations and best wishes,

Maria Henson

Maria Henson ('82)
Associate Vice President and Editor-at-Large
magazine.wfu.edu

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