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Missed Hooding Ceremony or Stephen Colbert? Watch again on Livestream

For friends and family unable to attend the 2015 graduation exercises at Wake Forest University, the recorded webcast of the Wake Forest Law Hooding Ceremony 2015 and the Commencement webcast are both available to watch via the following Livestream players and links. Graduates, if your attending family members did not receive a print copy of the Hooding Ceremony program, please email with Hooding Program in the subject line by Friday, May 22 to request up to four programs that can be mailed to you.

Watch Commencement and comedian and author Stephen Colbert’s speech to the graduates at the Livestream website.



If you missed Stephen Colbert’s speech to the graduates watch it here:

Hooding 2015

Wake Forest Law confers hoods on 181 graduates, including a record 32 international Master of Laws in American Law degrees

The Wake Forest University School of Law conferred hoods on 181 graduates, including 32 international Master of Laws in American Law degree (LLM) candidates and a Scientiae Juridicae Doctors (S.J.D.) candidate, Juris Doctor (JD) candidates and Master of Studies in Law (MSL) candidates. That is compared to 30 international graduates in 2014 and 24 in 2013. It is the largest class of international graduates in the law school’s 121-year history. Continue reading »


Wake Forest Law Hooding Ceremony and Commencement Live Webcasts

Live Webcast

View the live webcast of the Hooding Ceremony beginning at 1:45 p.m. on Sunday, May 17.

The Class of 2015 has spoken and has chosen Professor Timothy Davis and Kenny Cushing (JD ’15) to be the speakers for the Wake Forest University School of Law Hooding Ceremony and it will be followed by the Dean’s Reception at 3 p.m. at the Millennium Center in downtown Winston-Salem.

View the live webcast of the Commencement beginning at 8:45 a.m. on Monday, May 18.

Commencement Exercises are held annually for graduates who completed their degree requirements in August, December and May of the academic year. Commencement lasts approximately three and a half hours. The Commencement Exercises include the University Commencement Ceremony, the transmigration of professional and graduate schools, and the Bachelor Degree Diploma Ceremony. Stephen Colbert, comedian and late night television host, will deliver the 2015 Commencement address.


Fordham University follows Wake Forest Law in plans to launch Two-Year JD for International Students

Fordham University’s School of Law has announced plans to launch a two-year JD program in fall 2015. Continue reading »

Jay Shively

Admissions Assistant Dean Jay Shively quoted in U.S. News and World Report about smart ways prospective law students should spend ‘gap year’

When college is in the rearview mirror and law school lies ahead, J.D. hopefuls can use the time in between to do a variety of things or nothing at all. Continue reading »

Ashley Escoe (‘16) and Maria Nkonge (‘16) bring unique perspectives to bridging law and faith

When Wake Forest University graduate students Maria Nkonge (‘16) and Ashley Escoe (‘16) decided to apply for the joint Master of Divinity (MDiv) and Juris Doctorate (JD) degree program with Schools of Divinity and Law, both knew they had been called to a vocation that was people-centric. They each agree that the four walls of the church is not the only place where works of faith are found. Continue reading »

Nick Griffin ('16)

Wake Forest Law student with Nepal connections recommends three relief organizations in light of most recent earthquake

The earthquakes in Nepal are tragic on many levels, most obviously in the sheer number of people who have lost their lives and the many more who have lost their homes, says Wake Forest Law Professor John Knox, United Nations Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment. News agencies have reported the death toll at more than 8,000 and rising in light of Tuesday’s second major quake. Continue reading »

The National Jurist: WFU Law among schools with most improved employment rate

Mike Stetz of The National Jurist writes, “Wake Forest University School of Law saw the biggest jump of all law schools in the percentage of recent grads landing full-time, long-term jobs.”

His original story from May 1 follows: While the nation’s law schools collectively saw a slight uptick in employment success for their grads from 2014 compared to 2013, some schools managed to do much better than average. Why? A better job market, more aggressive career services programs and student grit were among the answers. Continue reading »

Stetson Law nternational Environmental Moot Court Competition participants, 2014-15

Stetson International Environmental Law Moot Court team competes in international round, wins third-place for best brief

The members of the Stetson International Environmental Law Moot Court Team received the third-place medal for best brief in the international round held at Stetson College of Law in Gulfport, Fla. on April 16-18, 2015. Continue reading »

Dr. Robert Schaaf, member of WFU Law Board of Visitors, receives Order of the Long Leaf Pine

Dr. Robert Schaaf

Dr. Robert Schaaf

Dr. Robert Schaaf, who served as president and managing partner of Wake Radiology for 27 years, was presented with The Order of the Long Leaf Pine at a special event on Monday, April 13. It is one of the highest honors the Governor of North Carolina can bestow. Robert W. Seligson, executive vice president of the North Carolina Medical Society, presented the award to Dr. Schaaf on behalf of Gov. Pat McCrory. Schaaf, who will retire in June, was recognized for his outstanding service to the state’s medical community. His son, Rob Schaaf (’15), is a current student at Wake Forest Law.
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