The month of May is always a bittersweet time. While there are currently many exciting things happening—from the Deacon Club’s first-ever Deacs Day of Giving to the continued progress on the construction of the Sutton Sports Performance Center and Shah Basketball Complex—May also marks the point that we have to say goodbye to a class of seniors as they graduate and prepare for the next step in each of their journeys.
While I know this goodbye isn’t permanent and is simply part of the process, it continues to evoke a lot of emotions. Between athletics and academics, our student-athletes achieve so much during their time at Wake Forest. On top of that, however, they are genuinely good people who embody the Pro Humanitate spirit in everything they do, including their involvement in the local community.
It is because of the dedication and character our student-athletes possess that makes it hard to see them go each May. Not only do we get to watch them compete in the Old Gold and Black, we are able to witness them grow as scholars, leaders and people over the course of their time as Demon Deacons. Having the opportunity to interact with and get to know these young men and women is truly an honor.
I am lucky enough to come to work every day and have the opportunity to dedicate my efforts to supporting our deserving student-athletes. So much of what I do, however, is made possible through the generous and loyal support of Deacon Club members. As graduation serves as a time to reminisce for many of us, I hope it also allows you—as Deacon Club members—to reflect upon the role you’ve played in helping us Develop Champions.
Whether it’s providing an athletic scholarship which allows someone who may not have otherwise had the opportunity to attend Wake Forest to do so, donating to the Annual Fund to provide the athletic and academic resources our student-athletes need to succeed, or contributing to a facility that helps foster relationships between our teams, your support makes a monumental impact. As this year’s graduating class of student-athletes officially receives their Wake Forest degrees, I hope you feel a sense of pride, knowing that your commitment has helped each of them achieve the coveted title of Wake Forest graduate.
Finally, to the Class of 2018—congratulations on this exceptional accomplishment! On behalf of the entire Athletic Department, I’d like to thank you for representing Wake Forest with such class and respect. As you enter the alumni stage of your Wake Forest experience and become a Varsity Club member, I hope you will continue to engage with the University and Athletic Department by attending events, cheering on our teams and contributing to the wonderful family atmosphere that embodies this institution. I wish you the best of luck as you begin writing the next chapter of your journey, and I look forward to staying connected.
(Please note: This article was originally published in the May 2018 issue of Gold Rush.)