HAMPTONAnyone interested in snagging tickets to watch President Barack Obama speak at Hampton University's graduation will have to apply online Monday, April 19 to get them.
The university announced Monday that 1,000 tickets will be made available that day beginning at 8 a.m. on its site, commencement.hamptonu.edu.
Each person can apply for up to two tickets, which will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Ticket distribution begins at 10 a.m. May 8 at the HU Convocation Center.
The bulk of tickets for the May 9 event will go to the about 1,200 graduates to give their family and friends. According to a release, each person will get up to seven tickets for guests and is not allowed to sell them. Graduates can pick up their allotted passes from 1-5 p.m. May 7 at the Convocation Center.
Counterfeit-proof tickets are being produced for the event, which in the past has been unticketed and open to the public with an average audience of 17,000 packing Armstrong Stadium, said HU spokeswoman Yuri Rodgers Milligan.
For those who can't get into the stadium, overflow areas will be set up around campus in places including the Convocation Center to broadcast the speech live.
Guests will have to arrive early because of heightened security for the presidential visit. Gates will open at 6:30 a.m., and no entry is allowed after 9 a.m. Commencement begins at 10 a.m.
For more information, log on to commencement.hamptonu.edu
Good luck on that day!