Celebration and Reorganization
This was my sophomore year—the time when the newness is over and one settles
down. The Sesquicentennial Celebration concluded with a stunning sound and light
show in this spot…. This year may have had a less dramatic conclusion, but we have
continued to go about our business, which is celebrating the life of the mind. That ­
celebration—of the life of the mind—is what Wake Forest calls upon you to translate
into productive, useful lives—lives which exhibit our guiding purpose: Pro Humanitate.
Thomas K. Hearn Jr., May 20, 1985;
Charge to the Graduates, Wake Forest University Commencement
he 1984–1985 academic year marked the 150th anniversary of the found-
ing of Wake Forest University. The University had survived the Civil War,
closed it temporarily, World War I, and World War II. It had weathered
“The  Removal” to a new campus in Winston-Salem, 110 miles from its origin. The
Cold War, the Civil Rights movement, and Vietnam protests changed the focus of the
faculty and student body. To commemorate and celebrate its longevity, endeavors,
and the impact of its graduates and friends, the University began its Sesquicenten-
nial Campaign in 1983, which continued into the fall of 1984. Wayne Calloway (’59),
Pepsico Chief Financial Officer, was the General Chair; Tylee Wilson, Chief Execu-
tive Officer of R.J. Reynolds Industries, was the Primary Gifts Chair; and Kay Lord
(’64), Frank Lord (’63), and Steve Kelley (’68) chaired the Alumni Committee for the
campaign. Its goal was to raise $17.5 million.
One of the highlights was the production of a spectacular eighty-minute sound
and light show, the first presented at an American university, from Sunday, August
19 through Sunday, August 26, 1984. It was originally scheduled for May 15–19, but
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