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Congratulations Class of 2017!
Happy Match Day from Student Affairs

SA Match photo

Main contact:

Julie Johnson, Student Affairs Special Projects Coordinator, Year 4

Julie M. Johnson
Student Affairs Special Projects Coordinator/ Year 4
Phone: 336-713-9359


Match Day - Class of 2017

CO2017 Match


Graduation Activities - Class of 2017

  • Wednesday, May 10, 9:00am – 4:00pm & Thursday May 11, 9:00am – 4:00pm

    • Regalia & Ticket Pick-Up in Student Affairs, 2nd floor, BGCME downtown-475 Vine Street
    • Order regalia from Herff Jones by March 26, 2017, at 12:00 noon.  Regalia is provided at no cost to the graduate (the Office of Student Affairs takes care of the rental of regalia).  Hooding and Commencement invitations, class rings, and diploma frames can be purchased by the student when the regalia order is placed. 
    • Order Commencement tickets by April 28, 2017, at 5:00pm. Tickets are required for all guests (not graduates).   There is a limit of eight (8) tickets per graduate.  Each order will come with two (2) Commencement parking passes, which must be displayed in vehicles throughout Commencement weekend.  Handicap parking passes are available upon request.  Only one registration form is accepted for each graduate.  Once an order is submitted online, subsequent attempts to register will not be accepted.  Please be sure to have accurate ticket numbers when placing your order.  For questions, call the Commencement Office at 336-758-5821.
      • Note: Laptop exit procedures should be completed with Academic Computing before picking up regalia and tickets.  Pagers and badges should be turned in to Student Affairs staff at the time of regalia and ticket pickup.  If these items are not completed by 12:00 noon on Friday, May 12, you will not be given your regalia and tickets, and your residency paperwork will not be mailed to your residency program. 
  • Saturday, May 13, 12:00 noon – 3:00pm: GradFest at Bailey Park

    • Location: 445 Patterson Avenue, Winston-Salem
    • GradFest is a medical school-wide festival to celebrate the graduating class and to present awards voted upon by students and faculty.  Awards will be presented at 2:00pm, with the Military Commissioning Ceremony at 2:30pm. Students from all years, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend.  Graduating students’ families are also welcome to attend, but an RSVP is required.  Food will be catered by Dr. Joey Skelton in the Department of Pediatrics and Mountain Fried Chicken.  A vegetarian option will be available, please make your preference on the rsvp link below.  Blue Ridge Ice Cream and Dewey’s cake squares will also be provided.  Lawn games will be available.  (student plus 3 guests receives complimentary tickets, each additional ticket is $10.00).
  • Sunday, May 14, 4:30pm: Diploma and Hooding Ceremony
    • Location: Wait Chapel, Wake Forest University, 1834 Wake Forest Road, Winston-Salem, NC  27106

      • The Diploma and Hooding Ceremony is where you receive your doctoral hood and have the opportunity to have your photo taken with the Dean, faculty, and your family in full regalia with your diploma cover.  Please note that your actual diploma will not be distributed until Monday after President Hatch confers your degree.  Please arrive in full regalia and business attire no later than 3:45pm in front of the bookstore on Hearn Plaza.  Look for the MD lineup sign.  Staff will assist you in lining up alphabetically for the procession.  Family may line up at the side doors of Wait Chapel.  Due to time constraints and logistics, no outside participation is allowed at hooding.  The ceremony is approximately 1½ hours.  Tickets are not required.
  • Monday, May 15, 9:00am: Commencement & Diploma Distribution

    • Location: Hearn Plaza & Benson University Center Room 401, Wake Forest University
    • Graduates will participate in the large commencement ceremonies on Hearn Plaza to hear the guest speaker and to have degrees conferred.  After degrees are conferred, University Marshals will then escort all medical school graduates to Benson University Center Room 401 for an informal diploma distribution, yearbook distribution, regalia drop-off, and Welcome Reception sponsored by the Medical Alumni Association.  Graduates should assemble on the Bookstore side of Hearn Plaza in the parking lot between Davis and Taylor Residence Halls by 8:00am wearing professional business attire underneath full regalia.  Please report to the MD degree sign.  The ceremony is approximately 1½ hours.  Tickets are required for all guests (not graduates).   There is a limit of eight (8) tickets per graduate.  Please see the link above in this email to order tickets.
      • Note:  if your regalia is not returned by 12:00 noon on Monday, May 15, you will be assessed a late fee and your residency paperwork will not be mailed to your residency program.

    Helpful Links

If for some reason you are unable to attend Hooding and/or Commencement, please notify the Office of Student Affairs ASAP at 336-716-4271 or

Please contact the Office of Student Affairs at 336-716-4271 or at with any questions.  We look forward to sharing this exciting time with you!

Useful Student Links

IT Services/Academic Computing: For questions or problems with your laptop, please contact Academic Computing at or phone: 336-716-1410. 

Student Parking:

Wake Forest Medical Center: The Information contained herein Is Intended to provide Students with basic parking and transportation Information. All Medical Center faculty, staff, house staff, students and contractors are required to register their vehicles and display a bar code sticker on their vehicle. Students may register up to two vehicles and will receive a bar code decal for each one. Students may request/cancel student parking at any time. 

Parking Form 

Student Parking

Lot Map

Wake Forest School of Medicine Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education: 

Wake Forest Innovation Quarter Parking Application

    Please note that students do not pay for parking and will not be charged the parking fee

    Student Parking Map

    IQ Map

    Quick Reference

    Phone: 336-716-4271
    Fax: 336-716-5812


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