The inauguration for our country’s 45th President takes place on January 20th in Washington D.C.
While most of the nation watches the transition of power from home, the University of Arkansas is sending six students to take place in the historical event.
The students said the trip is actually a result of a voting center not being placed on campus following a student-led initiative to get one in place. Students said one of the main reasons they did not get a voting center is because not enough students are actively involved in politics.
As a response, the group registered more than 5,000 student voters and applied for funding to go to the inauguration. The group received tickets to the inauguration from Senator John Boozman. Student Shelby Cormack said she hopes the unique experience encourages her peers to be more active in politics.
“For me, it was for the process. We actually planned this trip before we knew who was going to be elected. So, this trip was totally nonpartisan. And then it didn’t matter to me who won, it really didn’t.Obviously, you have people that you vote for, but it was most important to me to have this experience,” said Cormack.
The students return to Northwest Arkansas on Sunday, January 22.