156 The History of Wake Forest
Communication and Theatre Arts, and new deans in the Graduate School and the
School of Business and Accounting signaled positive changes.
The academic year ended for most students and faculty with Wake Forest’s 149th
Commencement on the third Monday in May, with popular novelist Tom Clancy as
the speaker. Clancy addressed 739 bachelor degree recipients and 493 recipients of
masters, doctoral, and professional degrees. His address was not a mystery but was
more like the straightforward, action-packed year the University had just experienced.