Wake Forest selects debate ticket lottery winners; Commission to decide how many seats available

One hundred students, faculty and staff of Wake Forest University are one step closer to the possibility of watching the Oct. 11 presidential debate from inside Wait Chapel.

Using an online registration system, the university has selected 100 people-75 undergraduate, 15 graduate, and 10 faculty/staff- as potential ticket winners for the debate. The university is still unsure how many, if any, tickets it will receive from the Commission on Presidential Debates.

If tickets become available, they will be awarded in the following proportions: 75 percent to undergraduates; 15 percent to graduate, professional and medical students; and 10 percent to faculty and staff. Tickets will be distributed in the order selected by the computerized system developed for the lottery.

Winners’ names are posted on a special page linked from the university’s debate Web site, http://debate.wfu.edu. The page also provides instructions for lottery winners. All lottery winners will undergo a security clearance process by the Secret Service before being eligible to receive a ticket.

Students, faculty and staff whose names were drawn have been asked to gather Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. on the patio of Reynolda Hall. At that time, they will learn how many tickets are available. The winning ticket holders will be escorted to the chapel.

Registration for the ticket lottery began Sept. 18. Nearly 4,500 students, faculty and staff registered for a seat in Wait Chapel.

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