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 2023

September 1Apply to Graduate in December 2023For students who have met all of their degree requirements and expect to graduate in December 2023
October 20 – 22Homecoming and Reunion WeekendJoin us for Homecoming & Reunion Weekend as the Demon Deacons take on Pitt. Use the Screamin’ Demon Rewards App to claim and download your ticket before you arrive at the stadium!
October 1Apply to Graduate in May 2024For students who have met all of their degree requirements and expect to graduate in May 2024
Beginning October 23Take Your Senior PortraitMake sure you’re included in The Howler, Wake Forest’s yearbook, by getting your Senior Portrait taken
November-DecemberDecember Graduates I.S. ChecklistImportant steps for December graduates to take regarding Wake Forest technology and systems

Spring 2024

TBDHowler – Senior Portrait ScheduleThe link will be sent by Prestige/LifeTouch via email
January 17Wake Up Wednesday with Dr. Shea – Last FDOCJoin VP for Campus Life Dr. Shea at 8:45 a.m. in front of ZSR for a cup of Joe and get your (Last) First Day of Class picture taken to share with your families.
January 23Year One 101 Workshop Series – Registration OpensSeniors are invited to join these workshops aimed at identifying tools and strategies that will work for life after college.
March 5Senior Night Men’s Basketball GameCome cheer on the Demon Deacons as they take on Georgia Tech at 9 p.m. at LJVM!
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.
AprilRecord your name in NameCoachRecord your own voice saying your name, as you would like it to be read during the Commencement ceremony.
April 12Prez BallJoin President Susan R. Wente at 9 p.m. at the LJVM for the biennial President’s Ball. More details to come!
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 2024

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 18Celebration of the Class of 2024Seniors and their families are invited to a celebration of our soon-to-be newest alumni. Join us for food, music, and fun as we kick-off Commencement weekend.
May 17-20Commencement WeekendVisit the Commencement website for information about ticket pick-up, parking details, and a full schedule of events.

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