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Hillary Clinton to speak at Wake Forest April 18 in Wait Chapel

April 17, 2008

Sen. Hillary Clinton will speak at Wake Forest University April 18 in Wait Chapel.  The program will begin at 6 p.m.  Doors will open at 4 p.m.

Also appearing at the chapel will be Maya Angelou, Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest.

Admission is free and open to the public.  The chapel will seat approximately 2,000 people for the event.

Members of the public coming to the event are encouraged to enter Wake Forest through its Reynolda Road entrance.  Parking will be provided on the lower level of Davis Field. 

A number of parking lots on campus will be closed Friday.  A portion of Wake Forest Road, which wraps around Wait Chapel, will be closed from 3 p.m. until after the event. 

Clinton’s appearance follows an invitation by Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch to all presidential candidates to speak at Wake Forest.

A high level of security will be present at Wake Forest and in and around Wait Chapel on April 18.  Metal detectors will be set up at the entrance to Wait Chapel.   Clinton staff organizing the event said that security will be similar to that experienced at airports.  Anything carried by those attending the event is subject to being searched, which will slow access to the building.   Organizers urge people not to bring backpacks or large bags with them.

Statement from Wake Forest University:  As an educational institution, Wake Forest is committed to promoting the free exchange of ideas, which includes providing a forum for speakers who express a wide variety of political views.  The university’s tax-exempt status, however, requires that it not engage in any political campaign activity, which means the university is prohibited from endorsing or opposing any candidate for public office.  Wake Forest takes its obligation in this regard very seriously.  This event does not represent an endorsement by Wake Forest of any candidate for public office.

Press Contacts:

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

Cheryl Walker
(336) 758-5237


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