Each year, Wake Forest gathers for Founders’ Day Convocation to observe the University’s founding in February 1834. This year, an extensively revised Founders’ Day Convocation will be held on Thursday, February 20th at 4 p.m. in Wait Chapel. The program will include a student oration, musical performances and a keynote address by Dean of the Divinity School Jonathan L. Walton. President Hatch will also make important remarks confronting aspects of our past.

The University’s highest honor, the Medallion of Merit, will be presented to two members of our community who have rendered distinguished service to the University. Recipients have included past presidents, trustees, benefactors, alumni, and retired faculty and administrators.

This year, faculty awards and accomplishments typically celebrated at Founders’ Day will be celebrated at a later date this spring. More information on those events will be forthcoming.


Future dates:

February 18, 2021
February 17, 2022
February 16, 2023

Founder’s Day 2020

Other Convocations