Grace College student leaders were in the audience at Friday’s presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C. A story in the Warsaw, Ind., Times Union reports on the trip to the nation’s capital. A portion of the story appears below. Click here for the complete article. (Subscription required.)
Grace Student Senate Attends Trump Inauguration
Among the plethora of spectators at the presidential inauguration of Donald J. Trump on Friday was a small contingent of Grace College Student Senate members.
“It was very surreal. I couldn’t believe I was there and it was really happening,” political science major Kirsten Mead said in a telephone interview hours after the historic event was over.
It wasn’t the first time a Grace Student Senate has traveled to Washington, D.C., for an inauguration, she said. It’s become a tradition for the group to go when a U.S. president is sworn in.
“For a lot of people, it’s an exciting opportunity to be in D.C. A lot have never gone before. It was scheduled before the election and we knew who the winner was, but it would have been exciting regardless of who won,” she said, calling the capital a “cool city.”
The students and Director of Student Involvement Kearstin Criswell drove all day Thursday to get to D.C. They spent most of Friday there and were touring it today.
At the inauguration, Mead said, “We didn’t try to get in the midst of everything. We watched it on a Jumbotron, we didn’t have a live view, but we were still there in D.C., we were surrounded by people.”
Members of the Student Senate have different perspectives and backgrounds, so Mead didn’t want to speak for everyone in the group about Trump’s 15- to 20-minute speech.
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