Three Mercyhurst University employees and four students are among the masses on hand today for the inauguration of President Barack Obama.
In Washington, D.C., for the ceremonial swearing-in of Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are Joseph Morris, D.A., director of the Mercyhurst Center for Applied Politics; along with political science majors Jake Jaskiewicz and Reed Garetto. Completing the Mercyhurst contingent are Sheila Coon, director of external affairs and government relations; Dianne Rogers, director of the Learning Differences Program; and her students Paulina Wielandt and Marnie Miller.
Obama and Biden were officially sworn in Sunday in private White House ceremonies. They will reenact their oaths of office publicly today at 11:30 a.m. following which Obama will deliver the inaugural address of his second term.
The Mercyhurst group is attending today’s proceedings courtesy of U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania's 3rd congressional district.