Meredith Student to Attend Presidential Inauguration

Meredith College student Maggie Bizzell, of Kinston, N.C., will be able to attend the presidential inauguration on January 20, as part of the University Presidential Inaugural Conference (UPIC).

Bizzell is a senior earning a degree in political science. She also serves as president of the Class of 2009.

Through the UPIC, outstanding university students from across the United States will take part in the inauguration of Barack Obama as the nation’s 44th president.

The five-day program will provide scholars with a deeper understanding of the history behind the electoral process and the rich traditions surrounding the presidential inauguration.

Bizzell calls this a once in a lifetime opportunity.

“How many people can say they were in their nation’s capital on one of the most important days in the nation’s recent history?,” Bizzell said. “I hope that I can get a deeper knowledge and understanding of the political process and engage in lots of political dialogue.”

Inaugural Scholars will have the opportunity to interact with a major presidential candidate, White House officials, congressional staff members, political experts and other VIPs, such as Lance Armstrong and Erik Weihenmayer. After witnessing the inauguration, scholars will experience the grandeur of the inaugural parade, as the president, vice president and their families make their way down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol Building to the White House. To further honor and celebrate Inauguration Day, scholars will attend a Black Tie Gala Inaugural Ball.

In addition to participating in inaugural events and festivities, scholars will have the opportunity to explore the historic sites and monuments of the nation’s capital, as well as engage in panel discussions and political debates with political experts and commentators, such as James Carville, Mary Matalin, Paul Begala and Tucker Carlson.

For additional information on the University Presidential Inaugural Conference, visit

Date Submitted: 2009-01-07

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