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Tiny UC Merced gets First Lady

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    Monday, Apr. 13, 2009
    UC Merced gets ready for first lady
    By Danielle Gaines
    Merced Sun-Star

    Preparations for the University of California at Merced's 2009 graduation are in overdrive, with about a month before first lady Michelle Obama delivers the keynote address to the university's inaugural class.

    "We're working on programs, we're working on location, finding enough chairs, events before the graduation, after the graduation, all the details," said Jane Lawrence, vice chancellor for student affairs.

    Interest in the ceremony has grown so staggeringly that a phone number listed on the UC Merced Web site for student tickets had to be rerouted from the chancellor's office to the main switchboard.

    AP - Michelle Obama

    For the first time, UC Mer- ced is printing tickets for the event, 9,000 of them.

    Campus organizers originally were expecting about 2,000 spectators this year.

    "Four years ago, we graduated three people," Lawrence said. "This year we are graduating 500. Then, as you probably have heard, we have a keynote speaker that has attracted a little bit of attention."

    All that attention has caused a bit of a headache for some of the graduating students.

    Nick Nakamura led a letter-writing campaign in his fraternity, Sigma Chi, for the "Dear Michelle" campaign.

    Now the 21-year-old senior and his family are waiting to see if they will get any tickets beyond the eight promised to each graduating student. Nakamura had planned to invite 15 members of his family from San Diego, Los Angeles and Colorado...

    AND CHECK OUT THIS GREAT VIDEO THAT WAS SENT ALL AROUND THE COUNTRY FROM UC MERCED STUDENTS...


     
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