President to visit University of Richmond Friday

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – The University of Richmond campus is buzzing today. A lot of students say they heard rumors of a presidential visit. But today we shocked a lot of people when we told them it was true.

"That's so cool! I'm like speechless. Oh my god! I'm going to see President Obama. Yeah. Obama's coming," said UR student Tosin Olufolabi.

Shock on the University of Richmond's rainy campus this Wednesday.

"Oh really? Wow that's incredible. I had no idea," said student Jonathan Chanin.

And those who did know heard it through the grapevine. Some thought it was just a rumor.

"I got a text from somebody yesterday just saying that there's rumors about it," said freshman Andy Miller.

"My sister called me last night. I was excited. I was researching. I was trying to figure out when he was going to be here. Why and everything. I'm excited," Ariel Brown said.

We also found no shortage of support for a visit from the commander-in-chief.

CONNER O'LEARY: "Obama I heard? Right?"
RACHEL: "What do you think?"
CONNER O'LEARY: "Very excited I mean I've never gotten to see any president in person. So it would be nice to finally see one."

RACHEL: "Why do you think he chose University of Richmond?"
LAUREN FLATLEY: "Well look at this place. When it's not raining, it's kind of awesome."

The university says it's delighted to host the president. The White House is handling much of the logistics.

"As I understand it the president will be coming here to follow up on his speech to Congress Thursday night about the economy," University of Richmond Provost Steve Allred said.

Mr. Obama will speak at the Robins Center around 11:30 a.m. on Friday. The venue holds 9000, but it's not clear how many tickets will be made available.

At least 86 classes are held on a typical Friday, it's up to individual teachers whether they cancel those classes for the visit.

"Friday is a regular day at the University of Richmond. We have classes, we have faculty, staff and students here," Allred added.

You are asked not to park your car on campus on Friday. In fact the university is encouraging you to park at City Stadium. That's where they're going to run shuttle buses to the campus starting at 6 a.m. on Friday.

The event is free and open to the public, but you will need a ticket. They'll be distributed Thursday from 3-6 p.m. at the Modlin Center on the U.R. campus. Tickets are limited, and on a first-come, first-served basis. They "are not" for sale or re-sale. The university has posted information about this visit on its website.

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