Comprehensive Schedule of Events

  • Thursday, September 19

    7 p.m.
    Student Union Homecoming Bonfire > Davis Field

    7:30 p.m.
    Secrest Series: Take 6 > Scales Fine Arts Center, Brendle Recital Hall
    The most awarded vocal group in history (10 Grammy Awards, 10 Dove Awards, a Soul Train Award, and more) celebrates their 25th Anniversary! Assigned seating now offered. Reserve your tickets here.

  • Friday, September 20

    9 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    Homecoming Welcome Center > Reynolda Hall, Green Room
    Refreshments, activities, maps, giveaways, registration packets, and Loyal DEAC kiosk. Pick up your purchased class party and tailgate/football tickets. All your questions answered!

    10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Varsity Club Golf Outing > Willow Creek Golf Course
    Varsity Club members are invited to a golf outing at Willow Creek Golf Course. Registration at Willow Creek Clubhouse is at 10:00 am; play begins at 10:30 am. Cost is $55, which includes cart, greens fees, gift, & boxed lunch.

    10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    Golden Deacs – Class of ‘69 & above > Benson University Center
    Gathering, photo, and luncheon. The Class of 1969 will be inducted into the Golden Deacs. Complimentary for members of the Class of 1969, one guest, and emeriti faculty. $20 all others. Special program: “Walking With the Hope.” Hear how Wubetu Shimelash ‘20, a shepherd boy from the wilderness of Ethiopia, made his way to Wake Forest.

    1 – 3 p.m.
    Communication Department Open House > Carswell Hall, First Floor Lobby

    1 – 4 p.m.
    Wake Downtown Open House > Innovation Quarter, Wake Downtown
    See the rehabilitated R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company building that is home to Wake’s new courses of study in Engineering, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery. Alumni are welcome to board any of the Wake Downtown shuttles (departing every 15 minutes from the front steps of Benson). There will be stations throughout the building with information about the programs, teaching, and research relative to each location.  Wake Downtown faculty, staff, and student ambassadors will be available to answer questions.

    1 – 5 p.m.
    Trolley Tours around Campus
    Hop-on and hop-off guided tour around campus. Led by student volunteers.

    1 – 4 p.m.
    Bookstore Open House
    Join Author Academy Award nominated author and alum Andrew Snorton (‘93) for a book signing.

    1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
    Back to the Classroom – We’ve seen the enemy and it is us: Why we are susceptible to fake news > Benson Center, Pugh Auditorium
    Why do people seem to hang on to their opinions more strongly the more evidence you show them to the contrary? Why do we tend to avoid important information? Why can we see bias in other people but are blind to our own? The simple answer: because we are human. When it comes to fighting the influence of fake news, understanding how our mind works is a critical first step. Because once we know that, we can spot all the different tactics that the creators and distributors of fake news use to get us to believe it. Join two Social Science Librarians from the Z. Smith Reynolds Library as we explore a variety of biases and logical fallacies, and then delve into how they are taken advantage of in the world of fake news.

    1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
    Class of 1959, 60th Reunion Gathering > ZSR Library, Special Collections, Room 625
    “Filled Up to the Brim” by Emory Earp Austin ‘59, followed by refreshments and sharing oral histories for the WFU archives. $10 per person.

    3 – 4 p.m.
    Fraternity and Sorority Life Update > ZSR Library, Room 404
    Join alumni, Campus Life staff, and students for updates on WFU Fraternity and Sorority Life. This presentation is co-sponsored by the Office of Campus Life and the Greek Alumni Advisory Board.

    3 – 4:30 p.m.

    • Art Department Open House > Scales, Lower Lobby
    • Classics Department Open House > Tribble Hall, A301
    • Computer Science, Economics, Mathematics, Statistics, Politics and International Affairs Open House > Kirby Hall, Thomas Taylor Atrium
    • East Asian Language and Cultures Department Open House > Carswell Hall, 027
    • English, History, Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies Open House > Tribble Hall, Lobby
    • French Studies Department Open House > Greene Hall, 535
    • German and Russian Departments Open House > Greene Hall, 327
    • Health and Exercise Science Department Open House > Worrell Professional Center, HES Lobby
    • Intercultural Center Open House > Benson University Center, 346
    • LGBTQ Center Open House > Benson University Center, 311
    • Museum of Anthropology Open House > Museum of Anthropology
    • Department of Music Open House > Scales Fine Arts Center, M309
    • Northeast Young Alumni Open House at the OPCD > Reynolda Hall, 230
    • Residence Life and Housing Open House > Angelou Hall, RL&H Main Office
    • School of Business Open House > Farrell Hall
    • Department for the Study of Religions > Wingate Hall, 116
    • Department of Spanish and Italian Open House >Greene Hall, 323
    • Wake Forest Scholars Open House > Reynolda Hall, 104J
    • Women’s Center Open House > Benson University Center, 314
    • ZSR Special Collections and Archives Open House > ZSR Library, 625

    3 – 6 p.m.
    Psychology Department Open HouseGreene Hall, 4th Floor, Faculty Lounge

    3:30 – 5 p.m.
    Theatre and Dance Department Open House > Scales Fine Arts Center
    Our Open House will include a tour of our newly renovated Harold Tedford Mainstage Theatre and will feature a master dance class with “Bri Butler ‘14 and cast member of NYC’s famed show STOMP, now celebrating its 25th year. The master class will be in D101 located behind the Scales Fine Arts Center from 3:30-4:45pm.

    4 – 8 p.m.
    Class of 1954, 65th Reunion Gathering and Dinner > Arbor Acres Club House, 1240 Arbor Road
    $35 per person

    4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
    Party So Dear > Manchester Plaza
    Live music, food, drinks, activities, and a crowd of enthusiastic Deacs ready to toast Mother, So Dear. The magnolias will be swaying to the sounds of The Temptations. All registrants will receive a complimentary drink ticket to the cash bar. Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Students – all are invited! Pick up your tickets at the Homecoming Welcome Center or at Party So Dear Will Call on Manchester Patio. In the event of bad weather, the Temptations concert will move to Wait Chapel.

    5 p.m.
    START Gallery Conversation Event and Reception (6:30 p.m.)> Wake Downtown
    START@10 exhibition celebrating the gallery’s 10th anniversary.

    6 – 11 p.m.
    All Sports Camp@Homecoming > Reynolds Gym, Sutton Center
    Details HERE

    6 p.m.
    Women’s Field Hockey vs. Boston College > Kentner Stadium

    7 p.m.
    Women’s Soccer vs. Virginia > Spry Stadium
    Single game tickets are $5. Tickets can be purchased in advanced or on game-day. Seating is general admission.

    7 p.m.
    Class of 1969, 50th Reunion Dinner > Benson University Center, Suite 401
    Enjoy drinks and appetizers while catching up with friends followed by a delicious dinner buffet and remarks. $55 per person

    7 – 9 p.m.
    HOLAA Evening Reception: Meet and Greet > Reynolda Hall, Room 301
    We invite Latin American or Spanish speaking cultural heritage alumni, families and students to the Hispanic/Latino Alumni Association (HOLAA) 4th annual reception. Join us to celebrate alumni accomplishments and discuss our bright future. 

    7:30 – 11:30 p.m.
    Class of 1974, 45th Reunion > Zick’s – on the Quad (former post office)
    Menus will feature a delicious spread of Southern and local WS favorites with an open wine and craft beer bar. $25 per person.

    7:30  – 11:30 p.m.
    Class of 1979, 40th Reunion > Reynolds Gym, Living Room
    Menus will feature a delicious spread of Southern and local WS favorites with an open wine and craft beer bar. $25 per person.

    7:30  – 11:30 p.m.
    Class of 1984, 35th Reunion > Haddock Golf House
    Menus will feature a delicious spread of Southern and local WS favorites with an open wine and craft beer bar. $25 per person.

    7:30 – 11:30 p.m.
    Class of 1989, 30th Reunion > Farrell Hall, Back Patio & Fire Pit
    Menus will feature a delicious spread of Southern and local WS favorites with an open wine and craft beer bar. $25 per person.

    7:30 – 11:30 p.m.
    Class of 1994, 25th Reunion >  Reynolda Hall, Magnolia Patio
    Menus will feature a delicious spread of Southern and local WS favorites with an open wine and craft beer bar. $25 per person.

    7:30 – 11:30 p.m.
    Class of 1999, 20th Reunion > Reynolda Hall, Magnolia Room
    Menus will feature a delicious spread of Southern and local WS favorites with an open wine and craft beer bar. $25 per person.

    7:30 – 11:30 p.m.
    Class of 2004, 15th Reunion > Benson University Center, Front Patio
    Menus will feature a delicious spread of Southern and local WS favorites with an open wine and craft beer bar. $25 per person.

    8 – midnight
    Class of 2009, 10th Reunion > Benson University Center, Shorty’s
    Menus will feature a delicious spread of Southern and local WS favorites with an open wine and craft beer bar. $25 per person.

    8:30 – midnight
    Class of 2014, 5th Reunion >  Under the big tent on Manchester Plaza
    Craft beer and wine bar with light local fare. > $15 per person 

    9 p.m. – Midnight
    First Time Back Party – Class of 2019!> Last Resort
    It’s your first time back to Homecoming as an alum. Kick off the weekend by meeting up with all your friends at Last Resort. $10 registration includes 2 drink tickets. This event is specially designed for our most recent alumni: Classes 2015 – 2019.

    10 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.
    AWFUBA After Hours > Carolina’s Vineyards and Hops
    Come catch up with friends, old and new. Music, food, drinks.

  • Saturday, September 21

    8 – 9 a.m.
    Tour athletics’ newest facilities
    The Deacon Club will offer tours of the new Sutton Sports Performance Center and Shah Basketball Complex on Saturday, September 21. Tours will take place from 8 – 9 a.m. Click on the campus map to view the location. On box to the left, click on the box labeled “Athletics”; scroll down, and click on “Sutton Sports Performance Center” to view exact location on map. Self-parking will be available in lots U and U2, as shown on the parking map (Sutton Sports Performance Center is #65 on this map; Shah Basketball Complex is #52A). No need to register; we hope to see you Saturday morning to give you an insider’s look at these world-class facilities!

    8 -10 a.m.
    Class of 1964, 55th Reunion Brunch > Reynolda Hall, Magnolia Room
    Enjoy Mimosas, Bloody Marys, coffee and a delicious breakfast buffet while catching up with classmates back on campus where it all began. $25 per person

    9 a.m.
    Service of Remembrance > Wait Chapel
    Gather for a memorial service honoring the alumni, faculty, staff, and students who passed away between October 1, 2018 and August 31, 2019.

    9 – 11 a.m.
    Homecoming Welcome Center > Baity Street at Alumni Tailgate
    Pick up your pre-purchased tailgate/football tickets. Tickets that have not been picked up by 11 a.m. will be delivered to Will Call at Bridger Field House at BB&T Field.

    9 – 11:30 a.m.
    Alumni Tailgate > Baity Street
    Join fellow Deacons for this fun pre-game tradition on Baity Street. Enjoy an expanded tailgate menu, drinks, live band, face painting, and inflatables. Alumni tailgate tickets include two complimentary drink tickets to the cash bar (wine, beer, sodas). 

    9 a.m. – 11 a.m. (Note Time Change)
    AWFUBA Business Meeting > Kitchin Hall, BSA Lounge, 005
    Hear updates from the AWFUBA (Association of WFU Black Alumni) Executive Board and Intercultural Center, discuss plans for the coming year, and share your ideas and opinions.

    9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Museum of Anthropology Open House > Museum of Anthropology

    9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Reynolda House Museum of American Art > Reynolda House Museum of American Art

    10 – 10:45 a.m.
    Science Awake >Winston Hall, 126
    A Science demonstration show with a Wake Forest Twist. Appropriate for all ages.

    10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Chemistry, Physics, and Biology Departments Open House > Winston Hall, Lobby
    Reminisce with old friends and faculty while enjoying light refreshments.

    10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    Environment and Sustainability Homecoming Celebration > Kirby Hall, Thomas Taylor Atrium
    Join us for a light brunch buffet and networking opportunity as we celebrate major milestones in campus sustainability: the 25th year of the ENV Program, the 10th year of the Office of Sustainability, and 5th year of the Sustainability Graduate Programs.

    10:30 a.m.
    Intercultural Center Tailgate > Beside the Indoor Tennis Center, BB&T Field
    Join fellow Deacs for the Intercultural Center tailgate, starting 1.5 hours before kick-off. Tailgate is free but requires registration.

    12 p.m.
    Wake Forest Football vs. Elon > BB&T Field
    Review the Clear Bag Policy

    3 – 5 p.m.
    Festival on the Quad > Hearn Plaza
    Bring your family and enjoy the campus while reconnecting with classmates. Food, music, face painters, games, and many other fun surprises. The Unbroken Circle and Friends bluegrass band will be performing in the Green Room. Rain or shine – this is an annual tradition you don’t want to miss! 

    3 – 5 p.m.
    Baptist Student Union Open House > Kitchin Hall, BSU Lounge (underneath the Deacon Shop)
    Bring kids to play “Dunk the Deacon” (mini-dunking booth) and remember the good times with other BSU alumni and students.

    3 – 5 p.m.
    Education Department Open House > Festival on the Quad
    Find us at the Skip Prosser Literacy Program book drive in support of Wake Forest’s Freedom School.

    7 – 10 p.m.
    Flow House 20th Anniversary Celebration > Reynolda Hall, Magnolia Room
    Celebrate 20 years of the Flow House, Vienna. We will honor the founders, donors, and all who have studied at the Flow House. Beverages and heavy appetizers will be served.

    7:30 p.m.
    WFU Theatre: How I Learned to Drive, directed by Brook Davis > Scales Fine Arts Center, Ring Theatre

    7:30 p.m.
    Men’s Soccer vs. Syracuse > Spry Stadium
    Single game tickets are $5. Tickets can be purchased in advanced or on game-day. Seating is general admission.

    8 – 11 p.m.
    Celebration of the Black Experience > Wake Downtown, Main Lobby
    This event celebrates the legacy of black alumni, 40+ years of the Intercultural Center, and provides an opportunity for alumni and students to connect and network.

  • Sunday, September 22

    9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. CANCELLED
    Gospel Choir Brunch > Byrum Welcome and Admissions Center

    11 a.m. (Note time change)
    Homecoming Sunday Worship > Wait Chapel
    Come hear and greet Jonathan L. Walton, the incoming dean of Wake Forest School of Divinity, at the University’s inaugural Homecoming Sunday morning worship service. We will also mark the 20th anniversary of the School of Divinity. Please register so that we might greet you accordingly.

    11:30 a.m.
    Wake Forest Catholic Community Homecoming Mass > Benson University Center, Pugh Auditorium
    All are welcome!

    12:30 p.m. (Note time change)
    Sunday Lunch with Dean Jonathan L. Walton and the School of Divinity
    > Magnolia Patio
    This event is closed and has reached capacity.