CAC student Dina De Campos reflects on participation at Presidential Inaugural Conference

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. – In January, Central Arizona College early childhood education student Dina De Campos of Coolidge joined a slew of other outstanding college students from across the United States and around the world to take part in the inauguration of the President of the United States. 

During the Collegiate Presidential Inaugural Conference, a five-day event, De Campos was afforded the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the history behind the electoral process and the rich traditions surround the presidential inauguration. 

“It was exciting, being a part of history,” De Campos said. “Seeing all the people there, celebrating our president for the second term was very exciting.” 

The conference gives college students an opportunity to participate in an event that happens once every four years. 

“The Collegiate Presidential Inaugural Conference provides students with an opportunity to take part in historic events that coincide with the inauguration of the President of the United States,” Marguerite Regan, dean of academic affairs for the conference, explained. “Something that is really wonderful about so many young people gathering in Washington, D.C., for this event is that it will provide them a chance to become more familiar with and attuned to the president who will govern the United States over the next four years. We certainly hope this will inspire the next generation of leaders.” 

The Collegiate Inaugural Scholars in attendance were given the opportunity to interact with historians, political experts and leading decision-makers to discuss campaign strategy and presidential politics. 

Inaugural scholars also attended the parade as the president, vice president and their families made their way down Pennsylvania Avenue from the U.S. Capitol Building to the White House. 

To further commemorate the day, scholars were able to attend an exclusive Gala Inaugural Celebration thrown just for them. 

“It was beautiful,” De Campos said of the parade. “It also was very cold. But being around people from different parts of the country made the parade very interesting.”
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