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Alumnus Joseph R. Biden delivers the Commencement address at the University of Delaware in 2004.

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Vice President to make public appearance at UD


Update, 1:05 p.m., Monday, Sept. 12 -- The interest in Friday's event was overwhelmingly positive and the box office sold out of tickets in less than one hour this morning. There are no more tickets available.

11:19 a.m., Sept. 1, 2011--Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. will visit the University of Delaware on Friday, Sept. 16.  Biden will donate his Senatorial papers and deliver the James R. Soles Lecture on the Constitution and Citizenship.

A 1965 graduate of the University, Biden will be the inaugural speaker in the annual lecture series named in honor of the late Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus Jim Soles.  The lecture will officially mark Constitution Day. 

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Preceding the lecture will be a ceremony honoring Biden’s donation of his Senatorial papers to the Special Collections Department of the University of Delaware Library.  The Library’s collection of political papers spans more than two centuries.

The Sept. 16 event will take place in Mitchell Hall, and doors will open at 2:30 p.m.  

A limited number of tickets will be available beginning at 10 a.m. on the Monday, Sept. 12. There is a limit of two tickets per person. 

Tickets for members of the UD community will be available at the Trabant University Center box office. You must show a current University of Delaware ID to pick up tickets at the Trabant box office.

Tickets for the general public will be available at the Bob Carpenter Center box office. This is a free event.

The event is open to the press. For further information, members of the media should contact Andrea Boyle Tippett, UD media relations,, 302-831-1421. Additional media logistics will be released in the coming week.

About Special Collections 

Holdings include books, manuscripts, maps, prints, photographs, broadsides, periodicals, pamphlets, ephemera, and realia from the 15th century to the present.  The Senatorial papers of Joseph R. Biden will join the papers of federal legislators Michael N. Castle, Thomas R. Carper, Edward E. “Ted” Kaufman, George Gray, Willard Saulsbury, Willard Saulsbury Jr., J. Allen Frear Jr., and John J. Williams.

James R. Soles Lecture on the Constitution and Citizenship 

The lecture will be sponsored annually by the Department of Political Science and International Relations as UD’s official recognition of the approval of the United States Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787. The lecture, named in honor of the late Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus Jim Soles, will feature a public address by a prominent individual and an opportunity for students receiving support from the Soles Endowment to meet and interact with former students of Prof. Soles, many of whom are now working in public service at the local, state and federal levels.

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