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* College to provide viewing of inaugural coverage

Most Shoreline Community College students, faculty and employees can't attend the inaugural activities for President-elect Barack Obama, but at least they will have a chance to see them.


"Because of the broad interest expressed on campus in this year's Presidential Inauguration, the college will provide viewing areas for the television broadcast on Jan. 20," Vice President for Academic Affairs John Backes said.While classes will continue, those who can will be able to see the historic event and the rest of the day's events, he said.


There will be three viewing areas including the  PUB Quiet Dining Room (9208), the Campus Theater (1600 Building) and in the Library Technology Center. The Women’s Center and the Multicultural Center will host the viewing area in Quiet Dining Room which is planned to be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Obama is expected to take the oath of office just before noon in Washington, D.C. (9 a.m., PST).


Backes said that several student clubs are also planning inauguration-related events.



Saturday, Jan. 17:

President-Elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden will participate in a Whistle Stop Tour by train, starting in Philadelphia and stopping in Wilmington, Del., and Baltimore before arriving in Washington, D.C. Authorities are expecting that hundreds of thousands of people will watch the train pass from overpasses, stations and other locations.


Sunday, Jan. 18:

President-elect Barack Obama will kick off the schedule of official inaugural activities in Washington, D.C., with a welcome event on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday afternoon. The event will be free and open to the public.


Monday, Jan. 19 -- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day:

In honor of the great memory of Dr. King, the president-elect and vice president-elect and their families will participate in community service activities in the Washington, D.C., area and encourage the public to join them.


In the evening, there will be a concert at the Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C. Although it is free and open to the public, tickets are required.


Tuesday, Jan. 20 -- Inauguration Day:

The president-elect and vice president-elect will participate in the traditional inaugural ceremonies and events. For the first time ever, the length of the National Mall will be open to those wishing to attend the swearing-in ceremony. Festivities will commence at 10 a.m. (7 a.m. PST) on the west front of the U.S. Capitol and will include:

  • Musical Selections: The United States Marine Band, followed by The San Francisco Boys Chorus and the San Francisco Girls Chorus
  • Call to Order and Welcoming Remarks: Senator Dianne Feinstein
  • Invocation: Dr. Rick Warren
  • Musical Selection: Aretha Franklin
  • Vice President-elect Joseph R. Biden, Jr. will be sworn into office by Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, the Honorable John Paul Stevens
  • Musical Selection: John Williams, composer/arranger with Itzhak Perlman, (violin), Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Gabriela Montero (piano) and Anthony McGill (clarinet)
  • At approximately noon (9 a.m. PST), President-elect Barack H. Obama will take the Oath of Office, using President Lincoln's Inaugural Bible, administered by the Chief Justice of the United States, the Honorable John G. Roberts, Jr.
  • At approximately 12:05 p.m., (9:05 a.m. PST) Obama will deliver his Inaugural Address.
  • Poem: Elizabeth Alexander
  • Benediction: The Reverend Dr. Joseph E. Lowery
  • The National Anthem: The United States Navy Band “Sea Chanters”

After Obama gives his Inaugural Address, he will escort outgoing President George W. Bush to a departure ceremony before attending a luncheon in the Capitol's Statuary Hall.


More Details

Starting at about 2 p.m., (11 a.m. PST), the 56th inaugural parade will then make its way down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House with groups traveling from all over the country to participate.

In the evening, the Presidential Inaugural Committee will host 10 official Inaugural Balls, including:


  • Youth Inaugural Ball – Young Americans aged 18-35; Washington Hilton
  • Obama Home States Inaugural Ball – Illinois and Hawaii invited guests; Walter E. Washington Convention Center
  • Biden Home States Inaugural Ball –Delaware and Pennsylvania invited guests; Walter E. Washington Convention Center
  • Eastern Inaugural Ball - CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT, PR, and USVI invited guests; Union Station
  • Mid-Atlantic Inaugural Ball - MD, VA, DC, NY, NJ, WV, Dems Abroad, and invited guests; Walter E. Washington Convention Center
  • Midwest Inaugural Ball - KS, IN, IA, MI, MN, ND, NE, OH, SD, WI, and MO invited guests; Walter E. Washington Convention Center
  • Southern Inaugural Ball - AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, and TX invited guests; National Guard Armory
  • Western Inaugural Ball - AK, CA, ID, MT, OR, WA, WY, AZ, CO, NV, NM, UT, OK, GUAM/AS invited guests; Walter E. Washington Convention Center
  • Neighborhood Inaugural Ball – DC residents, additional guests; Walter E. Washington Convention Center
  • Commander-in-Chief's Inaugural Ball – Enlisted active duty and reserve military; National Building Museum


Wednesday, Jan. 21:

The newly inaugurated president and vice president of the United States will participate in a prayer service.



For a look at historical inaugural information, check out:


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