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Preps in last stage at EKU for First Lady Michelle Obama

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RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) - They say it's the biggest event at Eastern Kentucky University since then Vice President Lyndon Johnson was there in the early 60s.

First Lady Michelle Obama is set to speak at a commencement ceremony Saturday night on EKU's campus.

Obviously it's been a pretty busy couple of weeks prepping for this, and on Friday, WKYT's Jerrika Insco saw the last finishing touches.

They've got lights, cameras, and now they need action. And there will be plenty of that once First Lady Michelle Obama arrives. The coliseum will be filled with 6,000 people, with 600 of those being Eastern Kentucky University grads.

"We're so excited that I don't think any of us have really stopped long enough to realize if we are tired," said Marc Whitt, EKU spokesperson.

It's been weeks in the making, and it's all for EKU's graduation and of course the First Lady's attendance and commencement speech. But prepping EKU's Alumni Coliseum for First Lady Michelle Obama is no easy task.

"There's just been a lot of planning, a lot of details put into place, but as you can see just by what we have here today, I think we're ready for those 6,000 people we are anticipating," said Whitt.

The stage has been extended, a media area set up, and more seats for those attending. But surprisingly, parking isn't expected to be a problem with the same amount being allowed in as always. It's just what you can take in has changed.

"Items such as umbrellas, bottled water, pocket knives, and things like that can't come in," said Whitt. "They will not be permitted to bring those things into the Alumni Coliseum."

EKU's graduation will obviously be a little different and saying the security will be tight is an understatement.

"We're excited, we're ready to go, and it looks like we're going to have a big day here!" said Whitt.

After all, it's not every day that First Lady Michelle Obama is in Richmond, Ky.

The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday for those attending EKU's graduation for the College of Education and College of Business and Technology. That is the ceremony the First Lady will be speaking at which is set to begin at 7:30 p.m.

And during that graduation, First Lady Michelle Obama will be awarded an honorary doctorate, becoming part of EKU alumni.


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