The national media has already produced reports on Mrs. Obama’s visit to Merced. There was a lengthy article in the New York Times this week complete with pictures. Graduation tomorrow will generate even more coverage. When the President’s wife arrives on campus there will be a large contingent of national and international news reporters in tow. For the university, the youngest in the U-C system and located far from a major media outlet, it will be an opportunity to introduce itself to the world. Spokeswoman Tonya Luiz says the school is well aware of the intensity of the limelight.
"We’re doing our best to make a great impression. We’re expecting eleven thousand people on campus. And we’re definitely making sure that U-C Merced shines."
The city of Merced is sponsoring a festival to celebrate graduation and the First Lady’s visit. The event, in the downtown area, begins this evening and runs through tomorrow night.