Hillary Clinton, First Lady Michelle Obama to speak on campus

LOCATION UPDATE: The Hillary Clinton Campaign has changed the location of Thursday’s event to the University’s Coliseum (LJVM), 2825 University Pkwy, Winston Salem, North Carolina 27105. More info.

This message was emailed to students, faculty and staff on Oct. 22:

Hillary Clinton, Democratic presidential candidate, and First Lady Michelle Obama will speak at a campaign rally on Hearn Plaza on Thursday, October 27, at 2 p.m.

The Clinton campaign approached University officials this week to request permission to hold a rally on campus.  In accordance with University policies and practices, we agreed to the use of campus for campaign purposes. We believe this provides students an excellent opportunity to witness democracy in action.

The Reynolda Campus has a long history of hosting U.S. Presidents and presidential candidates, starting with President Harry S. Truman’s participation in Wake Forest’s groundbreaking ceremony in 1951. Notably, Wait Chapel has been home to two presidential debates in 1988 and 2000.

The event is open to the public. The Clinton campaign, which has organized the event, has indicated those who wish to attend may RSVP.

Clinton and the first lady will speak in front of Reynolda Hall on the lawn. A high level of security will be present on Hearn Plaza and in nearby areas. All those attending the program should expect a level of security that is typical for appearances by presidential candidates.

All campus roads and entrances will remain open to vehicles with a Wake Forest parking pass, but some parking areas near Hearn Plaza will be closed Thursday.

We are working with representatives from the Clinton campaign regarding the details of the visit.  An additional email will be distributed to faculty, staff and students providing more information.

Statement from Wake Forest University:  As an educational institution, Wake Forest is committed to promoting the free exchange of ideas, which includes providing a forum for speakers who express a wide variety of political views.  The University’s tax-exempt status, however, requires that it not engage in any political campaign activity, which means the University is prohibited from endorsing or opposing any candidate for public office. Wake Forest takes its obligation in this regard very seriously.  This event does not represent an endorsement by Wake Forest of any candidate for public office.

Office of Communications and External Relations


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