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Campus Tours and Information Sessions

From nationally recognized historic landmarks to modern, cutting-edge research facilities, UGA’s campus is the centerpiece of our mission to inspire those who will lead, discover and serve in an effort to improve the world.

The University of Georgia is the birthplace of public higher education in the United States and our campus is a reflection of our commitment to our students, our alumni, our faculty and staff, and to our fans. There is no better place to spend your college years.

In-Person Campus Visit Experience

The UGA Campus Visit Experience is a two-hour experience that includes a brief admissions presentation followed by a 90-minute tour of campus. The tour consists of a driving portion on a campus bus and an hour-long walking tour of historic north campus. Space is limited. Registration is required for all guests. Visitors without a reservation will be directed to self-guided tour options.

Schedule an in-person Tour

Self-Guided Tour

If you can’t take part in one of our scheduled tours, we have an easy-to-use, self-guided tour map available for download to help you navigate campus at your own pace. Printed copies are available at the Visitors Center information desk and after hours at the dropbox by the front door.

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Transfer Student Information Session

Our monthly Virtual Transfer Information Sessions last one hour and consist of a brief presentation by Admissions and the opportunity for live Q&A.

Group Tours

Group tours of campus can be arranged for larger groups of up to 50 middle and high school students from schools or community organizations. If you have a group of 10-50 prospective students, learn more about scheduling a visit to campus.

UGA School and College Tours

Many of UGA's eighteen schools and colleges offer tours of their facilities. Whether it's in-person tours, scheduled visitation events, or virtual options, check out how to take a deeper look into the wide array of academic programs at UGA.

Accessibility Accommodations

The University of Georgia is committed to providing reasonable access and accommodations for people with disabilities upon request. To request a sign language interpreter, please contact the Visitors Center at (706) 542-0842 at least one week prior to your visit. If visiting other offices on campus, contact those departments directly as far in advance as possible to request accommodations.

Questions about your visit?

Our tour guides are happy to answer any questions during the tour, but if you have questions before you arrive, please contact us.

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Residence Hall Tours

Our daily tours do not include stops at residence halls, but tours of student housing are offered on certain dates throughout the year. Each UGA residence hall has a different style and culture. Freshmen are required to live on campus, so residence hall tours for incoming students are recommended.

Residence Hall Tour Schedule

Connect with Our Academic Departments

The Visitors Center tour and information sessions provide an overview of life at UGA. If you are interested in a specific school or college, you can reach out to them directly to introduce yourself and to find out about their programs and tours.

School-Specific Tours and Contacts

While You Are Here

During your visit in Athens, be sure to check out a few of our favorite spots on campus. These exciting UGA destinations are open to the public and some offer tours.

Campus Highlights

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Undergraduate Admission

First-year information sessions, **campus visit dates, times, and available registration capacity are subject to student tour guide availability. **.

Summer 2024 Campus Visits Overview 

  • Summer 2024 admission information sessions with guided campus tours will be held Monday May 20th- Friday, July 26th, at the following times. 

 10:45 am Admission Information Session and Campus Tour

  • 10:45 am- 11:30 am: Information Session
  • 11:30 am- 1:00 pm: Guided Campus Tour

 1:30 pm Admission Information Session and Campus Tour

  • 1:30 pm-2:15 pm: Information Session
  • 2:15 pm- 3:45 pm: Guided Campus Tour

Admission information sessions and guided campus tours will not be offered on the following dates.  

  • Monday, May 27, 2024: GT Closed, Memorial Day
  • Friday, June 7, 2024: No Morning Campus Visit
  • Friday, June 14, 2024: Admission Special Event
  • Wednesday, June 19, 2024: GT Closed, Juneteenth
  • Wednesday, July 3, 2024: Information Sessions ONLY
  • Thursday, July 4, 2024: GT Closed, Independence Day 
  • Friday, July 5, 2024: Information Sessions ONLY 

  ** Registration for Fall 2024 campus visit dates with guided campus tours will be posted once the tour guide staffing is finalized for the fall in August**

Campus Visit Waitlist Procedure

For campus visit dates that reach total registration capacity, we will create an in-person waitlist on the campus visit day. There is no waitlist pre-registration, interested students must arrive early to campus on the date they wish to visit to place their names on the waitlist. Our waitlist is first come first serve and does not guarantee a space in our information session or tour. If spaces are unavailable the student and guest will be directed to do a self-guided tour.

Step 1:  Select a date using the calendar to the right.

Step 2:  select your session and complete the registration form..

  • Click here if you only want to register for an academic session(s).
  • If you are a high school college counselor looking to visit the campus, please click here  to submit a visit request.
  • If you are a group or a member of 10 or more individuals, please click here to view our group visit opportunities.

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We have many in-person and virtual visit options for prospective high school and transfer students to learn more about Georgia Tech. We hope that the variety of programming will help you learn everything you need to know about Georgia Tech and the college admission process. Please explore our programming options below.

Demonstrated interest is NOT part of our admission process. These visits are for you, to help you begin to consider whether Tech is the right college fit for you!

Already admitted to Tech? Visit your admission portal to register for campus tours and programming specifically for admitted students.

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First-Year Information Sessions

These information sessions are presented by an admission representative to highlight the application requirements for first-year admission and the many opportunities available for undergraduate students at Georgia Tech.

Our first-year sessions are offered in a variety of formats. Click the links below to register.

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Transfer Information Sessions

These information sessions are presented by an admission representative to highlight the application requirements for transfer student admission and the many opportunities available at Georgia Tech.

Our transfer sessions are offered in a variety of formats. Click the links below to register.

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Academic and Campus Department Information Sessions

This is your chance to learn about the specific colleges, majors, and student programs at Tech. Our academic and campus department sessions are offered in a variety of formats. Click the links below to register.

Explore Our Campus

Georgia Tech’s beautiful 400-acre, tree-lined campus is located in the heart of Atlanta, Georgia. We offer campus tour options both online and in-person so you can get a feel for student life at Tech during your visit.

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Take a walk across campus with our Tech Tour Guides! During the tour, you’ll visit popular places on campus and learn about Tech traditions and student life from a current Yellow Jacket.

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Our Georgia Tech Tour Guides are hosting virtual tours to bring campus to you! This is your chance to speak with current students and ask them your questions about Tech.

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Do you want to explore Tech’s campus on your own? We offer self-guided tour resources to help you find popular locations on campus in-person.

Tech in Your Town

Admission representatives will be visiting a variety of high schools across the nation. Be sure to join our mailing list to receive an invitation to events held in your area.

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Prepare for Your Visit

To ensure your visit is as seamless as possible, review our tips and resources before you arrive. This includes parking instructions, lodging options, planning tips, and more!

Planning Tips and Resources

High School Counselors

Our counselor resource page has information on how to plan group visits to campus and request a Tech counselor to travel to your school.

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Take a Virtual Tour

If you can’t visit campus in person, get a closer look at our beautiful campus located in the heart of Midtown Atlanta. Click below to explore!

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  • South on I-75/85 into Atlanta Take Exit 249D (North Avenue). At the top of the exit ramp, turn right onto North Avenue. Cross Techwood Drive (the first light) and continue on North Avenue approximately two blocks to Cherry Street. Turn right onto Cherry Street and then turn left onto Ferst Drive. The Student Center will be located on the right side. Park in the Area 2 visitor’s parking lot adjacent to the Student Center.
  • Driving North on I-75/85 into Atlanta Take Exit 249D (North Avenue/Spring Street/West Peachtree Street). At the top of the exit ramp, proceed through the first intersection (Spring Street). At the next intersection (West Peachtree), turn left. Continue on West Peachtree  

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Georgia Tech is served by two MARTA rail stations: the North Avenue Station and the Midtown Station.

  • From the Midtown Station  Take Tech Trolley to campus.
  • From the North Avenue station East Campus is within walking distance. Or, walk three blocks west of the station and take a Red or Blue Stinger bus.

Visitor Parking

Several hourly parking lots are located on campus. Cash and credit cards are accepted at all visitor parking areas. 

Parking rate details, handicap parking locations, temporary and weekend parking permit information:   Georgia Tech Parking & Transportation Services .

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Campus Transit

There are a variety of free transit options for getting around campus and to nearby destinations. Each service complies with the recommendations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Campus Bus Routes

Search for parking lots, campus transit stops, buildings, areas of interest, and a self-guided campus tour.

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Area Hotels

Click the link below to view a list of hotels that are close to campus. Some may offer special rates for prospective students, families, and visitors to the Institute.

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Paying for College

The mission of the Office of Undergraduate Admission at Georgia Tech is to serve the Institute and educate constituents about Georgia Tech and the admission process with professionalism and authenticity. With that in mind, we are here to make sure you have all the information you need as you embark on your college search and proceed through the application process.

Admission Process

Learn more about our admission process and review important application deadlines.

Visit Campus

We offer a variety of in-person and virtual visit options for you to explore our campus and get to know the Tech community.

Prepare for College

Getting a head start on your college search? Our college planning resources will help you find your best-fit college.

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Start Your Georgia Tech Experience

Dive into Georgia Tech's campus culture, student life, and academic environment through our interactive digital viewbook.

Cost of Attendance

Visit the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid’s website to review the tuition costs for Georgia Tech and explore available financial aid options.

Diversity and Inclusion

Access is one of Georgia Tech’s greatest strengths and one of the major priorities identified in the Institute’s strategic plan.

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Get a closer look at our beautiful campus located in the heart of Midtown Atlanta. Click below to explore!

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The best way to imagine yourself at Georgia Tech is to experience it for yourself. Prospective graduate students should contact their program of interest to learn about campus tour options. 

With over 400 acres (about half the area of Central Park in New York City) to explore, there’s no shortage of innovative spaces to discover at Tech.

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If you would like to get a feel for life as a graduate student in your selected program, make sure to schedule an appointment with a representative. Contact your program of interest.

Start your visit on the right foot by planning out your directions, parking, and lodging ahead of time. Prepare for your visit .

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Each of our eight engineering schools hosts in-person tours and information sessions throughout the year.  There are also options to watch recorded or live info sessions online.

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The Office of Admission offers several in-person and virtual visit options for prospective high school and transfer students. These opportunities are offered to to help you learn everything about Georgia Tech and the college admission process.  

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Take a Virtual Tour of the College

Join engineering students Andy and Emily on a virtual tour of the College of Engineering. They'll give you a behind-the-scenes look at engineering labs and student makerspaces. You can view the full-length tour below or scroll down to find a particular area on campus that you want to see. Enjoy your tour!  

Student Competition Center

Take an in-depth tour inside the Student Competition Center at Georgia Tech where student teams including RoboJackets, GT Motorsports, GT Off-Road, HyTech Racing, EcoCAR, GT Solar Racing, and Wreck Racing build their projects! Any student at Georgia Tech can join these teams. The only problem is deciding which team to join!  

Interdisciplinary Design Commons

Get a glimpse of the Interdisciplinary Design Commons (IDC) at Georgia Tech! The IDC is a 15,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art makerspace that is located in the rotunda of the Van Leer Building, right in the heart of Georgia Tech's campus. Catering specifically to electronics and computer engineering design and innovation, it represents the largest makerspace of its kind in the nation. The IDC offers students of all majors a hands-on learning environment where they can work together to solve technology design challenges. The space features a woodshop, 3D printers, laser cutters, a plasma cutter, function generators, power supplies, soldering irons, computers, and embedded systems equipment.

Flowers Invention Studio

The Invention Studio is a student run organization located in the Flower's Invention Studio. We support ALL students, staff, and faculty in building their dream project, whether it’s for research, personal or academic usage. Our tools are 100% free to use. 

Get a quick Glimpse of the NanoEngineered Systems and Transport (NEST) Lab directed by Dr. Baratunde Cola at Georgia Tech. 

Autonomous and Connected Transportation Lab

Sit in the driver's seat of the new car simulator at the Autonomous and Connected Transportation Lab directed by Dr. Srinivas Peeta at Georgia Tech.

Take a tour of the Physiology of Wearable Robotics Lab (PoWeR Lab) directed by Dr. Greg Sawicki at Georgia Tech.

Take a tour of the Robotarium at Georgia Tech! This was the first remote access robotics test bed that could be used by anyone in the world.

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Take a tour of the closed-looped wind tunnel at Georgia Tech!

Learn what research is conducted at the SMART lab directed by Dr. Nazanin Bassiri-Gharb at Georgia Tech.

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Get a glimpse of an experiment in the Structural Engineering & Materials Laboratory directed by Dr. Lauren Stewart at Georgia Tech.

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Campus Visits

We’re very proud of our beautiful campus and look forward to hosting you for a visit. Admit it, you want to see if it’s as great as all the photos here on the website. So click the Schedule Your Campus Tour button below. The tour doesn’t take too long, and the students and staff who guide the tours know a LOT about our historic school. At the end of the day, if you don’t think Georgia College is a fit for you, we won’t be offended. (But we bet you’re going to love it as much as we do.)

Tours are offered on weekdays as well as select Saturdays. View available dates and times using the link below or sign up for one of our visitation events.

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Visit UNG & Find Your Place

UNG is ready to welcome you to each of our five unique campuses. Explore the grounds, feel the breeze of mountain air, hear the bugle signaling the end of day, or rub the head of our Nighthawk statues for some good luck with your application. You never know what you’ll discover.

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Wondering what UNG life is like? Don’t take our word for it – come see for yourself!

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  • Commuter campus with 1,000+ students
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  • Around 20 minutes north of Alpharetta, and less than an hour from Downtown Atlanta

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  • Choose from many different majors and 120+ student organizations
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A female student was shot and killed this weekend at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, the university confirmed.

The shooting occurred during a dispute Saturday in front of the Austin Residence Complex, KSU officials said, before the suspect fled campus.

“Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the victim’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult time,” KSU President Kathy Schwaig said in a statement Sunday.

The university said police have identified the suspect, who is not a KSU student. He has been charged with murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

On Saturday afternoon, the school’s Office of Emergency Management had issued an alert regarding an armed intruder at KSU, a public university just outside Atlanta.

A little more than half an hour later, the office announced that an individual was shot on campus, adding that students should steer clear of the South Campus housing area due to police activity.

By Sunday, KSU confirmed that the suspect had been detained by local police and no longer posed a threat to the campus community. The university said its police department is now working on the case with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

A spokesperson for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation confirmed it is assisting the university in the investigation.

The marks the second time this year that an armed intruder has been reported on campus.

Police had been called to campus in January after a similar report of “ armed suspects ,” and the threat was removed with no shootings or deaths.

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Biden’s upcoming graduation speech roils Morehouse College, a center of Black politics and culture

FILE - President Joe Biden speaks in support of changing the Senate filibuster rules that have stalled voting rights legislation, at Atlanta University Center Consortium, on the grounds of Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University, Jan. 11, 2022, in Atlanta. Biden will have his most direct engagement with college students since the start of the Israel-Hamas war when he speaks at Morehouse College's commencement. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

FILE - President Joe Biden speaks in support of changing the Senate filibuster rules that have stalled voting rights legislation, at Atlanta University Center Consortium, on the grounds of Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University, Jan. 11, 2022, in Atlanta. Biden will have his most direct engagement with college students since the start of the Israel-Hamas war when he speaks at Morehouse College’s commencement. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

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ATLANTA (AP) — When he gives the commencement address at Morehouse College, President Joe Biden will have his most direct engagement with college students since the start of the Israel-Hamas war at a center of Black politics and culture.

Morehouse is located in Atlanta, the largest city in the swing state of Georgia, which Biden flipped from then-President Donald Trump four years ago. Biden’s speech Sunday will come as the Democrat tries to make inroads with a key and symbolic constituency — young Black men — and repair the diverse coalition that elected him to the White House.

The announcement of the speech last month triggered peaceful protests and calls for the university administration to cancel over Biden’s handling of the war between Israel and Hamas. Some students at Morehouse and other historically Black campuses in Atlanta say they vociferously oppose Biden and the decision to have him speak, mirroring the tension Biden faces in many communities of color and with young voters nationally .

Morehouse President David Thomas said in an interview that the emotions around the speech made it all the more important that Biden speak.

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“In many ways, these are the moments Morehouse was born for,” he said. “We need someplace in this country that can hold the tensions that threaten to divide us. If Morehouse can’t hold those tensions, then no place can.”

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The speech comes at a critical moment for Biden in his general election rematch against Trump, a Republican. Biden is lagging in support among both Black voters and people under 30, groups that were key to his narrow 2020 victories in several battleground states, including Georgia.

Fifty-five percent of Black adults approved of the way Biden is handling his job as president, according to an AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll in March, a figure far below earlier in his presidency. Overall, 32% of 18- to 29-year-olds approved in the same poll.

“This is a global catastrophe in Gaza, and Joe Biden coming to pander for our votes is political blackface,” said Morehouse sophomore Anwar Karim, who urged Thomas and school trustees to rescind Biden’s invitation.

Recent scenes on American campuses reflect objections among many young voters about Israel’s assaults in Gaza. Biden has backed Israel since Hamas militants killed more than 1,200 Israelis and took hundreds of hostages on Oct. 7. That includes weapons shipments to the longstanding U.S. ally, even as Biden advocates for a cease-fire, criticizes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s tactics and the death toll in Gaza surpasses 35,000 people, many of them women and children.

Many younger Black people have identified with the Palestinian cause and have at times drawn parallels between Israeli rule of the Palestinian territories and South Africa’s now-defunct apartheid system and abolished Jim Crow laws in the U.S. Israel rejects claims that its system of laws for Palestinians constitutes apartheid.

“I think that the president will do himself good if he does not duck that, especially when you think about the audience that he will be speaking to directly and to the nation,” Thomas said.

Sunday’s speech will culminate a four-day span during which Biden will concentrate on reaching Black communities. On Thursday, Biden met privately with plaintiffs from the Brown v. Board of Education case that barred legal segregation of America’s public schools. The following day, Biden will address an NAACP gathering commemorating the 70th anniversary of the landmark decision.

Former U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond, a longtime Biden ally who helped broker his speech at Morehouse, said he understood students’ concerns but emphasized that Biden has pressured Netanyahu and supports a two-state solution for the Israelis and Palestinians. Trump, meanwhile, has effectively abandoned that long-held U.S. position and said Israel should “finish the problem” in Gaza.

“That’s nowhere in the conversation,” Richmond said.

The debate over Biden’s speech at Morehouse reflected a fundamental tension of historically Black colleges and universities, which are both dedicated to social justice and Black advancement and run by administrators who are committed to keeping order.

“We look like a very conservative institution” sometimes, Thomas said. “On one hand, the institution has to be the stable object where we are today in the world.”

But, he added, the university’s long-term purpose is to “support our students in going out to create a better world.”

Blowback started even before Thomas publicly announced Biden was coming. Faculty sent executives a letter of concern, prompting an online town hall. Alumni gathered several hundred signatures to urge that Thomas rescind Biden’s invitation. The petition called the invitation antithetical to the pacifism Martin Luther King Jr., a Morehouse alumnus, expressed when opposing the Vietnam War.

Some students note that leaders of Morehouse and other HBCUs did not always support King and other Civil Rights activists who are venerated today. Morehouse, for instance, expelled the actor Samuel L. Jackson in 1969 after he and other students held Morehouse trustees, including King’s father, in a campus building as part of demanding curriculum changes and the appointment of more Black trustees.

Students organized two recent protests across the Atlanta University Center (AUC), a consortium of historically Black institutions in Atlanta that includes Morehouse. Chants included “Joe Biden, f— off!” and “Biden, Biden, you can’t hide. We charge you with genocide,” along with expletives directed at Thomas.

“Our institution is supporting genocide, and we turn a blind eye,” said Nyla Broddie, a student at Spelman College, which is part of the AUC. Brodie argued Biden’s Israel policy should be viewed in the broader context of U.S. foreign policy and domestic police violence against Black Americans.

Thomas said he “feels very positive about graduation” and that “not one” Morehouse senior — there are about 500 at the all-male private school — has opted out of participating. “That’s not to say that the sentiments about what’s going on in Gaza don’t resonate with people in our community,” Thomas said.

Thomas met privately with students as did several trustees. The Morehouse alumni association hosted a student town hall, featuring at least one veteran of the Atlanta Student Movement, a Civil Rights-era organization.

But there was a consistent message: Uninviting the president of the United States was not an option. When students raised questions about endowment investments in Israel and U.S. defense contractors, they said they were told the relevant amounts are negligible, a few hundred thousand dollars in mutual funds.

“I think folks are excited” about Biden coming, said Democratic Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock, the senior pastor at King’s Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Warnock said Biden is in “a great position” to talk about student debt relief , increased federal support for HBCUs and other achievements.

HBCUs have not seen crackdowns from law enforcement like those at Columbia University in New York City and the University of California, Los Angeles. However, Morehouse and the AUC have seen peaceful demonstrations, petitions and private meetings among campus stakeholders. Xavier University, a historically Black university in Louisiana, withdrew its commencement invitation for U.N. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield , citing a desire among students “to enjoy a commencement ceremony free of disruptions.”

Whether Morehouse graduates or other students protest Biden or disrupt the ceremony remains to be seen. Student protest leaders say they are unaware of any plans to demonstrate inside during the commencement.

Thomas, Morehouse’s president, promised that forms of protest at commencement that “do not disrupt ceremonies” will not result in sanctions for any students.

But he also vowed to end the program early if disruptions grow.

“We will not — on Morehouse’s campus — create a national media moment,” he said, “where our inability to manage these tensions leads to people being taken out of a Morehouse ceremony in zip ties by law enforcement.”

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