At Liberty College, the air is a combination of excitement, pride, and tension as the school is preparing to welcome Donald Trump. According to a report from the Washington Post, the president will be delivering a commencement speech on campus grounds.
Most of the students on the largest Christian varsity in the country are already eager to see Trump as he is the next incumbent president (after George H.W. Bush in 1990) to speak at the college. It can be recalled that Trump was voted by the school by landslide compared to Hillary Clinton.
Isaac Deal, a 20-year-old sophomore student thinks that is an awesome once-in-a-lifetime opportunity because Trump is the country’s leader and authority no matter what people think of his policies.
John Wood shares Deal’s sentiments and noted that people are generally excited about the coming event.
While Deal and Wood may think that the others are as excited as them, there are also those who feel worried because Trump has the tendency to say erratic comments. Meredith Boyce who is a senior says that some are apprehensive because the president can say crazy stuff.
University of Notre Dame is usually the one that invites first-year US president to deliver a commencement address, not Liberty. This has already been a tradition that spans a few decades. Despite the ongoing debate about the current president delivering a speech there, the school nevertheless made the decision and announced last month that Vice-President Michael Richard “Mike” Pence would be their commencement speaker this year. They even praised the vice president for his reserved dignity.
Liberty students who are not supportive of the school’s decision to invite Trump voiced out their reasons for the strong aversion. Some of these are already planning to skip their own graduation ceremony.
Jasmine Crowder who is an MBA student at Liberty says that Trump is a homophobic, racist, and sexist among other things. One commented that the president insults everybody, one of the reasons why this person does not like the president.