AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) - The University at Buffalo announced Friday that they will host President Barack Obama next week.
Buffalo is the first stop on the president’s two-day bus tour of upstate New York and northern Pennsylvania.
The university released this statement about Thursday's visit:
“The University at Buffalo is very pleased and proud to host President Obama. The president’s visit to UB will be a historic occasion for our university and our community, and we are happy to provide a forum for the president to address issues important to our nation Fostering a public space for discussing pressing societal issues is vital to our mission as a leading research university focused on advancing the greater public good. We are delighted to have the opportunity to host such a timely and meaningful conversation here at UB."
The university says President Obama will likely appear in Alumni Arena. He is expected to talk about the cost of higher education and how the middle class can have access.
The university's president says UB is an appropriate host for his speech.
"Our tuition is low. Our graduation rate is high, and our debt default is really very low as well, so we really are in the forefront of this conversation nationally," President Satish Tripathi said.
Right now, it is unknown if the general public will be admitted to the talk.
UB Special Events Director Bill Regan said, "I would hope that they would allocate tickets to all constituent groups here in Western New York, including our faculty and staff and students. It's really up to the White House to make that determination."
In the past, the university has hosted presidents after they left office, including Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford and George W. Bush.
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