Students Reflect on Attending Inauguration

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.

“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.”

“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!”

“Attending the inauguration was a fitting conclusion to a busy election cycle,” said Lenoir. “HPU students worked at both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, volunteered on campaigns, hosted debate watch parties and participated in regional campaign rallies. To see it all come together at the inauguration was a nice bookend to a fun campaign season.”

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