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Wake Forest University Celebrating Graduation


Commencement Information • The ceremony is held on Hearn Plaza (the main Quad) in mid May • Student-Athletes and their families are invited to a luncheon at the Miller Center immediately following the ceremony • Click on the page title above for specific information about Commencement weekend


Wake Forest Commencement Photos


Graduation Success Rate (GSR) •

GSR data is released each year by the NCAA. The calculation allows a period of six years to earn a degree and does not include individuals who left the school in good academic standing prior to graduating. • The most recent GSR data reports that Wake Forest graduated 93% of its student-athletes, well above the national average of 79 percent. • More information can be found here.


GSR, continued Men’s Sports • Four of the men’s teams came in at perfect 100 precent, including the Wake Forest men’s basketball squad. The national average for men’s basketball was 66 percent. • Other men’s teams at 100 percent: baseball, golf and tennis. • Wake Forest football had a GSR of 81 percent, higher than the Football Bowl Subdivision average of 69 percent.


GSR, continued Women’s Sports • Six teams scored 100 percent, including the ACC Champion golf and soccer squads. • Other women’s teams at 100 percent: basketball, tennis, track & field, and volleyball.


Federal Graduation Rate (FGR) • The Federal Graduation Rate includes all individuals who left the University. • Wake Forest scored a 79 percent in the Federal Graduation Rate. • For more information, please see their website.


Academic Progress Rate (APR) • The Academic Progress Rate tracks the academic achievement of teams each academic term. Points are earned and lost based on a student-athlete’s academic performance and status on the team. • This metric determines penalties for programs with low performance. • More information, including how the APR is calculated, can be found here.


Wake Forest and the APR • APR data is available online at their website. – Click on the “APR” tab

• The 2008-2009 data, reported in 2010, shows three WFU athletic teams earning a perfect score of 1000. • All athletic teams were above 950, with nine teams earning more than 990 points.


Wake Forest Is A Path To A Successful Future • •

In 2010, 94.3% of WFU graduates were either enrolled in Graduate School or employed within 6 months of graduation Post-Graduate Programs at Wake Forest: – – – – –

The School of Business ranks 18th nationally according to Business Week – –

Boasts the highest passage rate in the nation on the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Exam for the past 5 years 92% of full-time MBA graduates are employed within 3 months of graduation

The School of Law is ranked within the top 50 Law Schools in the country – –

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences School of Business School of Divinity School of Law School of Medicine

There is a 95.9% job placement rate upon graduation The student to faculty ratio within the Law School is 10:1

The Medical School is among the top 32 schools in the country in research funding awarded by the Research Institutes of Health.


Plan For Life After College With Career Services

No matter what year they are, Career Services can help students prepare for the rest of their lives. • They assist students with choosing a major, finding internships and full-time jobs, with résumé writing, and practice interviews. • Although students can make appointments throughout the week, a counselor from Career Services is available to meet specifically with student-athletes in Student-Athlete Services. • The Career Services website provides many resources for students and families.


Post-Graduate Scholarship Opportunities Several post-graduate scholarships are awarded on a yearly basis: 1.

NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship •

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Weaver-James-Corrigan ACC Scholarship •

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One male and one female student-athlete are chosen annually for their outstanding academic achievement and potential for success in graduate school. It awards a stipend of $24,000 per academic year.

Carolina Panthers Scholarship •

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Each ACC university may nominate up to three student-athletes for this onetime $5,000 grant. Winners are chosen by the ACC for their distinction in the classroom and in their sport.

Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship •

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This prestigious scholarship is awarded to those who excel academically and athletically, and is a one-time grant of $7,500.

One male and one female resident of North or South Carolina are chosen for this $10,000 one-time scholarship on the basis of their leadership, citizenship, and academic merit.

Ethnic Minority and Women's Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship for Careers in Athletics •

13 minority and 13 female student-athletes who are enrolled in graduate school for sports administration are chosen for this scholarship.


Recent Alumni – Where Are They Now? Michael Bingham (2008 Olympian and class of ’09) runs professionally. Ben Wooster (left, football ‘09) and Louis Frazier (football ‘08) attend medical school at WFU. Michelle Sikes (track ’07) is completing her Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University.

Kaley Fountain (’10) plays professional soccer with Western New York Flash.


Going Professional in Something Other than their Sport • • • • •

Marc Blucas (Men’s Basketball) is a successful Hollywood actor. Martha Ferger (Field Hockey) continued on to earn her MBA from Wake. Charlie Mellies (Baseball) is pursuing a career in politics. LaChina Robinson (Women’s Basketball) is an ESPN sports broadcaster. Dion Williams (Football) was the first African American NASCAR pit crew member to go “over the wall” in a Sunday race.


Notable WFU Athletes

Chris Paul Tim Duncan

Bianca D’Agostino

•Andy Bloom (track) •Aaron Curry (football) •Bianca D’Agostino (soccer) •Laura Diaz (golf) •Kelly Dostal (field hockey) •Tim Duncan (basketball) •Bill Haas (golf) Brian Piccolo •Jay Haas (golf) •Will Hesmer (soccer) •Josh Howard (basketball) •Hunter Kemper (track) •Ovie Mughelli (football) •Arnold Palmer (golf) •Michael Parkhurst (soccer) •Chris Paul (basketball) •Brian Piccolo (football) •James Riley (soccer) •Alphonso Smith (football) •Pat Williams (basketball) Hunter Kemper

Arnold Palmer

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