Messiah College has received an enthusiastic response about The Compassion Forum from its campus community of students, employees, alumni, parents, and friends.


While there have been many inquiries and much interest expressed in attending The Compassion Forum, space and security constraints in the auditorium require that attendance at the Forum be by invitation only.


At this point, all tickets have been distributed or allocated for Messiah College students.


The College has extended formal invitations to guests from the campus and broader Messiah community, including representatives of student organizations who are directly involved with compassion-related issues. Other invited College guests will include representatives of our constituencies such as employees, trustees, alumni, regional faith leaders, and community friends.


However, the majority of Messiah’s tickets were distributed to students in the form of a random drawing that will allow all students to have an equal opportunity to receive a ticket for the Forum. Employees also had the opportunity to participate in the drawing.


To maximize the number of students sharing in the excitement of this event, the College is hosting a Compassion Forum "watch party" for Messiah students.  Unfortunately, due to the extensive staffing demands of the Forum, the College will be unable to accommodate "watch parties" for off-campus groups or organizations.


Others interested in hearing the candidates converse about compassion issues can watch The Compassion Forum live on television. CNN will serve as the exclusive broadcaster of The Compassion Forum and will televise and webstream it live from 8-9:30 p.m. on April 13. 

Random Ticketing Drawing Details

  • Brubaker Auditorium will open for guests at 6:00 p.m., and the doors will close promptly at 7:00 p.m. There will be no admittance to the auditorium after 7:00 p.m.

  • We strongly suggest that Forum attendees arrive on campus early to allow for traffic delays and security procedures. (A campus shuttle service will be in operation starting at 3 p.m.)

  • Forum attendees will be checked in at the front main doors of Eisenhower Campus Center; a photo ID and ticket(s) will be required for entry. All guests will then proceed through security checkpoints. In case of inclement weather, please dress accordingly, as the entrance line will be formed outside of the building.

  • The following items MAY NOT be taken into Brubaker Auditorium: cell phones; PDA's and other personal communication devices; cameras; food; recording devices; electronic devices; weapons of any kind (including pocket knives and Leathermans); banners; signs; backpacks or other large purses or bags. No campaign/political buttons, apparel or other campaign logo items may be brought into the auditorium. Bringing any of these items with you will slow down not only your own entry, but the entry of other attendees. We strongly suggest that you keep your personal items to a minimum.