Speeches Archive

Hope in Troubled Times

Delivered at the Class of 2020 in-person Commencement on Sept. 18, 2021. Class of 2020. How wonderful it is to see you gathered here today. What a delight to be together in person some 18 months after the spring break of your senior year when, […]

Strength in Adversity

Commencement 2021 Address Sunday, May 16, 2021 Good evening! Today is a very special day for Wake Forest University and its Class of 2021. It is worth a 21-gun salute, a fireworks extravaganza, and most importantly, now that we are permitted, the warmest embrace of […]

Announcement from President Hatch and the Board of Trustees

Remarks for “Remember With Us: Commemoration of the Enslaved” Greetings. Today, I am joined by leaders of the Board of Trustees – Chair Gerald Roach, Vice Chair Herman Eure and former Chair Donna Boswell – to share how our community continues to illuminate our history, […]

2020 State of the University Address

Greetings! Thank you for joining me for this year’s State of the University. I want to thank Professor Caron and the rest of the Faculty Senate for the invitation to share an update with you. I would like to start today by expressing my deep […]

Before and After

Remarks at the Virtual Conferring of Degrees by President Nathan O. Hatch on May 18, 2020 Greetings! Welcome to the Conferring of Degrees ceremony for the Wake Forest University Class of 2020. It is my great pleasure to celebrate this group of graduating students today. […]

Remarks at Founders’ Day Convocation

Delivered in Wait Chapel on Feb. 20, 2020 Good afternoon. Thank you all for joining us today. This Founders’ Day Convocation will be structured somewhat differently than in years past. We have made adjustments to incorporate a number of perspectives within our community, and we […]

State of the University Address

President Nathan O. Hatch Thursday, November 7, 2019 Good afternoon! Thank you for joining us in a conversation about the State of the University. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to work with so many of you here at Wake Forest. Theodore Roosevelt once […]

A Community of Hospitality

New Student Convocation Address President Nathan O. Hatch August 23, 2019 At some point during these next few days, almost all of you will feel lonely. Let me assure you, it is natural, and you will not be alone in that feeling. For some, that […]

Stop, Look and Listen

Commencement Address President Nathan O. Hatch Monday, May 20, 2019 Matthew Dicks is a fantastic storyteller. He is a frequent guest at The Moth in New York, an organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. He is six-time GrandSLAM Champion. The stories of […]

Both… And: Commencement Address to the Class of 2018

In seeking truth you have to get both sides of a story. — Walter Cronkite How many of you have visited the new website The Flip Side?  It is the brainchild of Annafi Wahed, a 2012 graduate of Bryn Mawr College who works in the […]