Senior Orations

We are proud of our majors who were among the selected senior orators in 2013 and 2014.

Melvin Washington III read “Who Is Wake Forest?” at the Founders’ Day Convocation 2014 and, as the winner of the oration, at the 2014 Honors Convocation.


Melvin Washington ('14)
On the first floor of Carswell Hall; just before the Annenburg auditorium; there is a quote that goes sporadically noticed and seldom explored by the average student rushing to class. It is credited to Wake alumnus Ed Wilson and reads, “Long before we played football, edited publications, acted, or sang – in fact, almost before we studied, we of Wake Forest talked.” And talked we have. Read more »

Joshua Courtney presented “Our Actions, Ourselves” at the Founders’ Day Convocation 2013.

Josh Courtney ('13)
“I subconsciously observed this Wake Forest society in comparison with my old society, and we can call this a culture shock. However, one thing I noticed from the people here that strikes me the most remarkable is that everyone here walks with confidence. It was not until I arrived here then I realized that I often walked with my head down. Indeed, if I did not learn anything else from this university, it is confidence that I have gained.” Read more »

Commencement 2013

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Wake Forest University holds its Commencement ceremony on Hearn Plaza on Monday, May 20, 2013. Class president and Politics and International Affairs major Tre Easton (’13) gives the greetings from the class of 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

Senior Showcase 2013

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Lani Domagalski, Politics & International Affairs, for “Wisconsin and Michigan Collective Bargaining and Breaking the Unions,” nominated by Professor Hank Kennedy, was featured in the 2013 Library Senior Showcase

 

 

 

 

West Point Academy 2013: David Banerjea

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This past fall I had the privilege of attending the 64th Student Conference on US Affairs (SCUSA 64), hosted by West Point Military Academy. This year’s theme was “Leading in Lean Times: Assuring Accountability and Assessing American Priorities in an Age of Austerity.” The conference featured 16 round tables where students discussed, debated, and drafted policy papers on national security issues pertaining to the United States. The challenge was framing these policy papers within the context of austerity; how to face global challenges while consolidating the United States debt. I sat on the round table “Can’t Stop Da Bomb: Arms Control and Proliferation” where we discussed Nuclear Non-Proliferation and the threat nuclear weapons pose to United States national security.

In between round table sessions I attended panel discussions, keynote addresses, and toured the West Point campus. Aside from the formal proceedings, I was also fortunate to interact with many cadets on a more personal level. I stayed in the barracks with cadets where I experienced firsthand the unique routine that cadets follow on a daily basis. Be it the 6:00 am daily wake up, the full day of classes, or the mandatory workouts and conditioning, I was thoroughly impressed by how much these cadets take on and how well they balance all of their duties. Having connected with them on a personal and academic level, I feel safe and blessed knowing these fine men and women will be the future officers of the United States Army.

Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress 2013: Dan Stefany

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The Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress was an incredible experience for me. Having the honor of representing Wake Forest at an academic conference was very exciting for me, but it was the experience of meeting other fellows from across the country and sharing ideas that was the most memorable. Just being in the room with some of the speakers and honored guests (i.e Former Justice O’Connor) who attended our fall and spring conferences was a once in a lifetime experience. I was very fortunate in that I found a topic that was really fascinating to me with drone warfare. As I researched and wrote my paper, there were more articles coming out daily about the latest developments in the drone warfare debate. With the help of a CSPC mentor in Washington and several WFU professors, putting together the research paper for the spring conference was actually very rewarding. I have nothing but positive things to say about the entire fellowship experience–the people I met were outstanding and the opportunity to engage with minds young and old about today’s biggest political issues was as rewarding an experience as any I’ve had as a Wake Forest student.

US Naval Academy 2013: Thomas Walker

WalkerThis April, I had the privilege to represent Wake Forest at the Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference in Annapolis.  Over the course of three very full days, we heard from politicians, military leaders, journalists, and academics, we discussed foreign policy in breakout groups, and we learned what it was like to be a Midshipman at the Naval Academy.  We were also able to fit in an afternoon of sailing and touring “the Yard.”

The theme of this year’s conference was “A Time of Transition” so we addressed the rebalancing toward Asia, the immediate threats to the United States, and what our nation’s long-term course of action should look like.  Some of the speakers were former Dep. Sec. State Richard Armitage, Ambassador Dennis Ross, and Admiral McRaven.  It was truly fascinating to hear the perspectives of those who shape and enact foreign policy.  Probably, my biggest takeaway from my conference experience was the time that I spent with the Midshipmen.  I found the Midshipmen to be just as intellectually engaged and dynamic as students at Wake Forest.  And after getting to know many Midshipmen, I am happy to know that our country will be served by such fine military officers.  Overall, I am very thankful for this experience and it is one of my greatest academic memories from my time at Wake Forest.