A Message from Wake Forest President Nathan Hatch

Dear Parents and Families of the Incoming Class of 2024,

Greetings from Wake Forest University! I hope this letter finds you and your loved ones healthy and safe.

Because of the COVID-19 crisis, most of our lives have been altered dramatically. Despite the uncertainty around us, two truths remain: Everyone at Wake Forest is delighted your student has chosen to be a Demon Deacon, and we can’t wait to have them on campus. At Wake Forest, parents and families are very much a part of our vibrant community, and we look forward to engaging with the families of the Class of 2024. So let me be among the first to enthusiastically welcome you to our community.

I’m sure you are curious about the start of your student’s college career. It is our goal to welcome students to campus in the fall as scheduled, but we are planning for multiple possible scenarios, should the situation change. Public health officials are active partners in our scenario planning, and we will follow public health guidance throughout our decision-making. I do believe we have much in our favor as we look to resume in-person classes: Winston-Salem and the surrounding areas have experienced relatively few cases of COVID-19; the small size of our campus community allows us more flexibility in housing and class arrangements to adjust as necessary to social distancing practices; and our affiliation with a major hospital system gives us exceptional access to health care experts and health care options if a member of our community should become sick.

Over the next few months, you will receive many messages about your student’s beginning at Wake Forest in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis. Our goal is to keep you and your student informed as we make decisions that will influence the fall semester. We plan to make an update in early June. In the meantime, you can expect the following in the near future.

  • In the coming days, I will send a letter to your students welcoming them to Wake Forest and inviting them to connect with the University and their incoming classmates.
  • Starting in early May and continuing through the summer, you and your students will receive emails with orientation information and registration deadlines. In addition to those messages, you can keep up with the multiple deadlines by visiting wfu.edu/parents-and-families, which will be live in early May.
  • You are invited to fully engage in the Wake Forest community by subscribing to the Daily Deac, our award-winning blog for parents and families. Learn more about our philosophy of how we work with parents and familiesand how and when we will communicate with you. Additional ways to connect with Wake Forest include the Parents and Families websiteand our many social media channels.
  • You can expect that we will continue to keep you and your families informed as we make decisions related to our response to the COVID-19 crisis. The best source for the latest information is wfu.edu.

Wake Forest believes parents and family members can be our best partners in ensuring their students’ success; you are important sources of support and care. We are glad to welcome your family into the next chapter of your student’s story. When the time comes for your students to move onto campus, I look forward to meeting you in person. Until then, please stay healthy and safe. Sincerely,

Nathan O. Hatch