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Obama on Campus Wednesday

President Barack Obama will visit NC State to deliver a speech at 12:55 p.m. Wednesday in Reynolds Coliseum. Although all available tickets were distributed to students, employees and the public on Tuesday morning, the university offers several options for viewing the speech remotely. The campus community will be able to view the speech online via the IPTV system, Wolfbytes online and Wolfbytes Channel 85 on the campus CATV system. The public will be able to view streaming video via the White House website.

While you're waiting for the president, visit NC State's location-based service, NC State On Campus, download the app and get our super-cool presidential badge. This is a rare badge, available today only.

This isn’t the president’s first visit to campus. Obama rallied support for his campaign at Reynolds during the North Carolina primary in 2008.

For security reasons, traffic flow, parking and access to buildings near Reynolds likely will be limited for at least a portion of the day Wednesday. Classes on Wednesday will not be canceled. Faculty members may elect to allow excused absences for students to attend the event. Here’s more information from the provost.

Reynolds will open for the event at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. For security reasons, do not bring bags, and limit personal items. No signs or banners are permitted.

Photos and video of the event are permitted, but camera bags will be searched. All attendees will go through airport-like security screening. Here are answers to more frequently asked questions.

Public parking will not be allowed on campus for the event unless upon specific instruction. Use of public transportation is strongly encouraged.

Here’s the latest information on traffic, parking and bus service for the president’s visit.

Responses (65 Comments)

  • D'Lyn Ford

    All tickets have been distributed, but there are several ways to watch the president’s speech. See the story above for details

    We’ve updated the FAQ with information about bringing laptops and cameras in bags. In short, yes, you can bring laptops and cameras, but it will take longer to pass through the security check, which is similar to airport screenings. Please bring only the essentials to the event.

    Here’s an update on parking, traffic and bus service for the president’s visit.

    D’Lyn Ford

  • Britt Brown

    Will DSLR cameras be allowed?

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  • JoAnne Dolby

    Be encouraged and continue to press forward. My prayers are with you and your family.

  • Linda

    How will this impact employees that park at the Reynolds lot to go to work on Wednesday?

  • Dr. Dan Graham

    1. will there be any outdoor screens or speakers for those who cannot get tickets to attend inside ?
    2. will our C parking permits still allow us to park on Morrill St. near the softball field that morning ?

  • Charlie Harless

    What is going to be the policy on camera’s inside of the event?

  • Pat Grantham

    I am disabled, as I am scheduled for a knee replacement Nov 1; how can I be accommodated w/ticket and seating.

  • Danielle Carr

    Will there be an opportunity or avenue for attendees to submit questions to the president?

  • Darren Ley

    What is the plan for staff parking on Wednesday? Will the Reynolds lot be blocked off?

  • Hannah Gotsch

    Will students be permitted to miss class for this (will they be counted present if they go to this event)?

  • NAW

    Are you allowed to show up after the event has started?


    I am a NCSU employee. I wanted to know how many tickets will be allotted per person for Faculty and Staff?

  • Bojack Smith

    “Airport security”? So I have to be groped or microwaved in a body scan in order to see an elected official speak? We are already enrolled students at a university, that alone should be enough clearance to see Obama.

  • D'Lyn Ford

    Cameras will be allowed. Any bags, including camera bags, will be subject to search on entry.

  • D'Lyn Ford

    Classes are NOT canceled on Wednesday, but faculty members can choose to allow excused absences for students to attend the event. The provost will be sending out more information on this.

  • D'Lyn Ford

    Dr. Graham:

    The White House will have a live feed of the event. No parking will be allowed in Jeter Bays or Morrill on the day of the event.

  • D'Lyn Ford


    We will provide ADA accommodations. I have forwarded your question to ask for more details.

  • Adam Schreiner

    Will there be media accommodations? I’m part of a campus newscast. Who can I contact?

  • Martin

    Good evening,

    It is wonderful to have the opportunity to hear the President speak. Will there be a question/answer period following the President’s remarks?

    I would be most interested in an opportunity to pose a question related specifically to work NCSU and RTI have done in the area of energy independence and what Executive Branch initiatives might be related to those efforts.

    I would rather cede a seat to another who would wish to be present in the hall for the remarks and watch through the White House feed if Q&A are not incorporated in the program.

    Thank you

  • Patty Aune

    It would be helpful for 8AM labs on Tuesday if tickets were available starting at 7 or 7:30 AM. We do not want to deny students this chance, but can not cancel labs so that students and their TAs can be assured tickets.

  • Rodney Douglas

    so bojack…..your argument is since you go to NC State University there is no way you could pose a threat to the President? Hmmmmm……..

  • Ashley Cobb

    Will students be allowed to park in the Coliseum Deck?

  • Ashlea

    Will the Coliseum Deck be open on Wed. for student parking?

  • Marcy B

    Will faculty/staff be able to get an extra ticket to bring their child along?

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