Presidential Debate 2016 at Wright State University

Presidential Debate 2016

Students: Apply for the Ticket Lottery or to Volunteer Now!

Wright State University students can now apply for the ticket lottery to attend the Presidential Debate OR register to be considered for a volunteer opportunity. All debate tickets that Wright State receives will go to Wright State students through the ticket lottery. Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Learn more about applying.

Wright State University is proud to host the first presidential debate in the 2016 general election season.

Monday, September 26, 2016

9:00 p.m. Eastern Time
(C-SPAN pre-debate‎ coverage begins at 8:30 p.m.)

Wright State University Nutter Center
Dayton, Ohio

The Commission on Presidential Debates announced from Washington, DC, that Wright State University has been selected to host one of only four general election debates in the fall of 2016 where the final candidates will debate each other prior to the November general election.

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“I could not be any prouder of our university and the fact that the Commission on Presidential Debates has entrusted Wright State to host such an important event,” said Dr. David R. Hopkins, president of the university. “I appreciate the fact that the commission had the daunting challenge of selecting just a few institutions out of a group of 16 applicants, and the fact that Wright State is one of the selectees is very gratifying and humbling. I am confident that our university will excel in supporting the commission and represent our students, faculty and staff, community, and the State of Ohio in a way that we will all be proud of. This is a huge 'win' for all of us,” Dr. Hopkins concluded.

The nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates is committed to sponsoring and producing general election debates in 2016 that fulfill its voter education mission. These debates offer the only opportunity for the nation to hear the leading candidates answer the same questions on critical issues. The organization has sponsored all of the presidential debates since 1988.

Congratulations to our fellow universities also hosting debates:

Vice presidential debate:
Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Longwood University, Farmville, VA

Second presidential debate:
Sunday, October 9, 2016

Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

Third presidential debate:
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV

Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, will serve as the backup site.


Mock presidential debate in the works as part of campus activities leading up to real debate

Student Government is planning numerous debate-related activities, including festivals, musical acts and debate watch parties, on campus leading up to Sept. 26.
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Students eager to volunteer and enter presidential debate ticket lottery

The deadline for Wright State students to apply as a debate volunteer is July 15, and the deadline for students to enter the ticket lottery is Aug. 29.
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All eyes will be on Wright State for September 26 presidential debate

Wright State University President David R. Hopkins and Chief of Police David Finnie talk to WDTN 2 News about the impact the Sept. 26 presidential debate will have on Wright State and the region. Watch the report.
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Wright State students eligible for tickets to presidential debate

Excerpt Wright State University students hoping to score a ticket or be a volunteer at the first 2016 presidential debate can sign up now to be a part of the big event, which will be held at the university’s Nutter …
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