Around 11,000 people got the chance to watch President George W. Bush's speech live inside Reed Arena at Texas A&M University. It was his final commencement address as President of the United States.
3,700 graduates were offered three tickets, one for themselves and two for guests. Those who were fortunate enough to get a ticket were clearly excited about the opportunity.
"They skipped school today for this," one local father said.
A Brazos Valley family wanted to share a once in a lifetime opportunity together. The two teenage girls skipped class so they could witness the historic event.
"It's just an awesome feeling to be able to come it," one person said.
That was a feeling shared by thousands of people who converged on the Texas A&M campus.
Click here to view video of the president's speech in its entirety, along with raw video of the trip and News 3's coverage.
"As soon as my husband said he was coming, I said "Ok, when? We're going,' " one attendee said.
"I think its really special. I can't believe he decided to come to us, we're honored," another person said.
Those who attended, captured the moment on film while others waited in excitement to be part of the historic event.
Everyone lucky enough to have a ticket knew they were part of history in the making.
"It's definitely something I'll remember forever," a Texas A&M University student said.
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