A Forest for All

You’ve made it. After all the classes, tests, papers, labs and having what seems like a lifetime’s worth of experiences, you’ve reached the next transition point: moving Out of the Forest and on to what’s next. This moment may feel a bit uncertain, a bit exciting, and you’re probably wondering what you’re supposed to do, both now and in the months to come. That’s what this site is for!

Check out the calendar below and the tips on Getting Started for important deadlines and resources you need to know before you go. And, look through Alumni 101 for resources, tools, and advice to carry you through your first weeks and months out there, in the real world. (Parents and Families, we have some advice for you, too.)

You may be leaving the Forest, but you’re a Deacon for life. And there’s a whole community here to support you on your journey.

Dates to Remember

Fall 2022

September 16Apply to Graduate in December 2022For students who have met all of their degree requirements and expect to graduate in December 2022.
September 16-18Homecoming and Reunion WeekendJoin us for Homecoming & Reunion Weekend as the Demon Deacons take on Liberty. Use the Screamin’ Demon Rewards App to claim and download your ticket before you arrive at the stadium!
November 30Apply to Graduate in May 2023For students who have met all of their degree requirements and expect to graduate in May 2023.

Spring 2023

February 6-10 & 13-17Howler – Senior Portrait ScheduleThe link will be sent by Prestige/LifeTouch via email
Mid-MarchCommencement website and registration goes liveFind information about commencement tickets, regalia, schedule, diplomas, etc.
AprilExit interviews and clear financial debtsSchedule your exit interview with financial aid if applicable. Also be sure to pay any fines or other financial debts on your student account. Your account must be cleared before graduation.
April 15Record your name in NameCoach (available early March)Record your own voice saying your name, as you would like it to be read during the Commencement ceremony.
April 19Senior Send OffEvent takes place 8:30 – 11 p.m. at Dash Stadium
SpringGet started with iGrad, a free tool to help with your financial understanding and wellbeingLearn to manage your money with free online financial resources at your fingertips 24/7.
OngoingCreate an alumni email addressYour student email will be deactivated 60 days post graduation.
OngoingUpdate your WAKENetwork account, and transfer info from your student account

May 2023

OngoingComplete your “First-Destination” Information via HandshakeIf you already have a job or have been accepted to a graduate/professional school program, complete your First Destination information. For post-grad planning support, please visit the OPCD and schedule an appointment with a coach.
May 13Senior So DearJoin the Alumni Engagement team from 4-6 p.m. to kick off Commencement Weekend and celebrate the newest group of Demon Deacon Alumni!
May 14 & 15Commencement WeekendVisit the Commencement website for information about ticket pick-up, parking details, and a full schedule of events.
May 15Move out of residence hallsSeniors can move out of their on-campus residence halls starting at 7 p.m.