EKU Students upset others are selling tickets to see Obama speak

By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email
By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email

RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT)-University leaders were not even aware of the numerous Craigslist listings for the commencement ceremony tickets until WKYT called them Tuesday.

Scrolling through Craigslist, any number of the limited tickets actually look pretty easy to come by. School leaders gave 6 each to the evening grads so family members could attend.

They even held a student lottery for leftover tickets---so other students could get a chance to see the First Lady speak. With costs on Craigslist ranging between $75 and $200, some students are angry, saying the experience alone is priceless.

"I don't think they should turn a profit on tickets when other students would like to go," Kenya Adair, an EKU Senior said.

Adair, a History Major, will graduate during the ceremony at 1:30 in the afternoon Saturday. She says regardless of the lottery, she does not have a ticket to see Michelle Obama speak.

"They should be ashamed of themselves," she commented about her fellow student.

Administrators say they had an emergency security meeting and have spoken with White House Officials to make sure the sale of the free tickets won't cause a security breach, and while they say it won't, other students say it's a breach of student conduct.

"I don't think they should be selling them when they were given them for free," Haley Yeagar, a student, said.

Others say since the tickets were issued to students, those students should do whatever they'd like.

"I think the tickets are theirs so they can do whatever I want," Joseph Richardson, a student, said.

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