The Wake Forest family gathers for the Founders’ Day Convocation each February to observe the University’s founding in February of 1834.

The event is a celebration of the year’s accomplishments, highlighted by a focus on the senior class and several awards.

Three seniors present their senior orations reflecting on their four years at Wake Forest. Every year, faculty members nominate outstanding seniors to prepare orations; 10 students are invited to present their orations before a faculty panel at the Senior Colloquium, and the panel selects the three finalists. In addition, a video tribute to the senior class is shown.

The University’s highest honor, the Medallion of Merit, is presented to someone who has rendered distinguished service to the University, including past presidents, trustees, benefactors, alumni, and retired faculty and administrators.

Six awards will be presented to faculty members to recognize excellence in teaching, research and service. Two alumna who received the Marcellus Waddill Excellence in Teaching Award last fall also will be recognized.


February 20, 2020
February 18, 2021
February 17, 2022
February 16, 2023

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