Since being ousted as New York Times executive editor last week, Jill Abramson has been at the center of a media frenzy. Despite the hoopla, she still made it to Wake Forest University Monday to address the class of 2014.
That was alongside approximately 30 news organizations there to see her first public appearance since she was fired, including the Times itself.
Abramson spoke of resilience, advising students to "show what you are made of" during periods of rejection. She also confirmed that there is "not a chance" that she will remove the Times "T" she has tattooed on her back.
Abramson stressed to the university's students that "the only real news here today is your graduation from this great university" but, unsurprisingly, press coverage focused more on the former editor than on the commencement itself.
To reverse the trend, we've rounded up a collection of facts and tidbits about the Wake University class of 2014 that is entirely Jill Abramson-free.
They were green at graduation
Wake Forest University graduates wore eco-friendly caps and gowns made from recycled plastic bottles during commencement.
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They bugged out their freshman year
During the fall of their freshman year the class of 2014 lived to tell the tale of a bed bug infestation in the Wake Forest University dorms.
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They're taking on the world
Seven Wake Forest University seniors (and one alumnae) received Fulbright grants this year. They will be teaching English during the 2014-15 academic year everywhere from Brazil to Malaysia.
They put psychology 101 to good use
Wake Forest now uses the Myers-Briggs personality test as part of the roommate selection process. It's part of an effort to create more desirable matches spearheaded by student body president and senior Jacqueline Sutherland.
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They're hot-doggin' it
Two members of the class of 2014, Jessie Konig and Ben Johnson, plan to start a food truck in Washington, D.C., after graduation. They will sell Swizzlers, a hotdog of their own invention cut in a spiral shape.
They didn't have to worry (much) about standardized tests
This year's crop of graduating seniors was the second class given the option of not submitting standardized test scores with their application to the school. Wake Forest was the first top 30 American university to change this policy the year before.
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They just missed Manning
The class of 2014 leaves Wake Forest just before Danny Manning, one of the most successful college basketball players of all time, starts his first season as head basketball coach.
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They're big talkers
A student government committee founded by Sutherland launched the Talk to Me campaign in an effort to facilitate meaningful conversations among students who might not usually meet.
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Their tuition went up the wazoo
The cost of attendance at Wake Forest increased by approximately 13% since the class of 2014 entered the university as freshmen. It was $54,136 during the 2010-11 academic year. This year's fees were more than $62,000.
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They got to enjoy this dude for four years
The Wake Forest Demon Deacon has roots going back to 1941, when a student dressed up as his interpretation of a Demon Deacon after being dared to by his fraternity brothers.