Rewatch the 2021 Founders’ Day Convocation Video

Join us for Founders’ Day Convocation

Each year, the Wake Forest family gathers for Founders’ Day Convocation to observe the University’s founding in February 1834. This year’s program will include a student oration, musical performances and an update from the President’s Commission on Race, Equity and Community provided by José Villalba, vice president for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer and Erica Still, associate dean of the College for faculty recruitment, diversity and inclusion. 

We will award the Medallion of Merit, the highest honor bestowed by the University, to Donna Boswell (’72, MA ’74). Dr. Boswell has been a University Trustee since 2004 and was named the first woman chair of the Board of Trustees in 2015, a groundbreaking appointment she held for three terms. 

The 2021 Founders’ Day Convocation video will be streamed on February 25, 2021 at 4 p.m. EST. Watch the live video premiere at


Future dates:

February 17, 2022
February 16, 2023

Founders’ Day 2021

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