JOPLIN, Mo. —
Final preparations and security measures are underway this afternoon for a visit by President Barack Obama to Joplin. He will speak at the commencement ceremony tonight for Joplin High School graduates. The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. at the Leggett and Platt Athletic Center at Missouri Southern State University.
Obama is speaking on the eve of the first anniversary of the May 22 tornado, having first come to town just days after the worst tornado to hit the country in nearly 70 years.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon also will speak.
Joplin High School graduate Mariah Hutchinson said Monday: “I am really excited to see President Obama and see him speak at our graduation. I think it is definitely an honor and not many people can say, ‘The president came to speak at my commencement.’ Not many can even say the governor was at their graduation.”