Next week will mark the 179th birthday of Wake Forest. On Monday, February 3, 1834, Wake Forest Manual Labor Institute opened its doors and admitted its first student. In those early days, students were schooled in agriculture by day and the Baptist ministry by night. They forged the values–hard work, dedication to helping others, and following one’s true passion–which are still synonymous with Wake Forest to this day. This year, let’s take a moment to pause and celebrate Mother, So Dear’s birthday. Join in on the fun all week long here on campus and online.



Use #wfubday on social media to share your moments during campus events and your favorite Wake Forest memories.


And don’t forget to wish Mother, So Dear a happy birthday! Students: Create a birthday card at any of the campus events, snap a picture, and share it on Twitter or Instagram using #wfubday. Alumni: Send your birthday wishes via WFU’s Facebook page wall, via Instagram by creating a card and posting it using #wfubday and mentioning @wfuniversity, or via Twitter by clicking the button below:


Monday, February 4th: “The Kick-Off”
Birthday Party in the Pit, 5 – 8 p.m.
Celebrate with birthday cake, festive hats, and more!

Tuesday, February 5th: “Celebrate Tradition”
Campus Tours, 1, 2 & 3 p.m., Upper Quad
Meet the Traditions Council at the Pro Humanitate Seal for a tour of sacred Wake Forest spots on campus.

Earn extra points for your trivia team during the tour! Tweet a picture from the tour, tag it #wfubday, and mention @WFUTradCo. On Instagram, post a picture, tag it #wfubday, and mention @wfuniversity. When you go to trivia, have your phone and show your post to the event organizers.

Tuesday Trivia, 8 p.m., Shorty’s
Grab your friends and test your knowledge of all things Wake Forest! The winning team gets lunch with Provost Rogan Kersh.

Wednesday, February 6th: “Honor Mother, So Dear”
Birthday Card Bonanza, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.,
Pit Patio

Visit with the 1834 Campaign outside the Pit to express your gratitude for Wake Forest.

Thursday, February 7th: “Throwback Thursday”
Follow along #wfubday & #tbt online as campus social media outlets highlight moments from WFU’s past.
Share your favorite Wake memories by using #wfubday & #tbt! Be sure to check out WFU on Twitter and Facebook, ZSR Library on Facebook, Campus Life on Facebook, and Wake Forest Magazine on Facebook to revisit some of the best of days gone by.

Friday, February 8th: “Birthday Social”
Celebrate with President Hatch, 3 – 4 p.m., Green Room, Reynolda Hall
The campus community is invited to celebrate Wake Forest’s birthday and partake in light refreshments.

Saturday, February 9th: “Spirit Saturday”
Men’s Basketball vs. FSU, 12 p.m., the Joel
Come cheer on the Deacs! On your way in to the game, enter a raffle for a chance to win two courtside seats to the men’s basketball game versus Georgia Tech on Saturday, February 16. The winners will be announced during halftime.

Sponsored by: 1834 Campaign, Student Government, Campus Life, Tradition’s Council, Student Union, Office of the President, Alumni Office, Office of the Provost, WF Athletics, and Aramark.

See how Deacs everywhere are celebrating Mother, So Dear’s birthday!


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