HPU Students Reflect on Attending Inauguration

(Last Updated On: January 24, 2017)
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HPU students and Dr. Brandon Lenoir arrived in D.C. on the eve of the inauguration and spent time exploring the capital.

HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 24, 2017 – Twelve High Point University students traveled to Washington, D.C. to attend the 58th Presidential Inauguration on Jan. 20.

The students, who represented different parties and perspectives, and Dr. Brandon Lenoir, assistant professor of political communication, organized the trip together and received funding from the HPU Student Government Association.

The busy weekend allowed them to bring back memories and stories that they will share with communities locally and across the country through news articles, blogs and even a documentary.

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From left to right, Eric Wallace, Dr. Brandon Lenoir and Sarah Moss pose in front of the U.S. Capitol Building.

“No words could describe the power we felt at the inauguration,” said Sarah Moss, president of College Republicans. “Seeing the U.S. Capitol Building dressed up in red, white and blue signified the power of the United States and its people. After many of us participated heavily in the election cycle, sharing this special moment of our first inauguration together was so rewarding.”

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Students arrived at the Capitol lawn early on the morning of the inauguration and waited for six hours through rain and cold temperatures for the swearing in ceremony.

“This was a once in a lifetime experience, and I sincerely appreciate the opportunity I received to witness an event of this magnitude,” said Joy Furlipa, a Lexington, North Carolina native and HPU senior. “Everyone should experience this historic event once in their lifetime. If you ever have the opportunity to go, you should!”

“We had students work for the RNC and DNC and several of the students worked on political campaigns, so for it all to come together by attending the inauguration, you can’t replicate that in the classroom,” said Lenoir.

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