By Isaac Thompson
Students and alumni flooded into the Duchossois Tennis Center when the doors opened for Session One of Mock Convention 2020.
Keren Katz (left) and Kathryn Muensterman (right) showed up early for the convention, eager to hear who students would predict as the Democratic Party’s nominee for president.
Within minutes, the majority of seats were taken by students from 57 delegations, representing all of the states and territories.
Former U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly worked up the crowd to end the first session.
Mock Con General Secretary Layne Smith watched as the convention began.
Financial Chair Elizabeth Thompson stopped what she was doing to help a delegate.
Former ACLU President Nadine Strossen spoke to the convention during Session Two about censorship: “Freedom of speech is essential.”
Daily Show host Trevor Noah made students laugh and think about political discourse during Session Three.
General Secretary Layne Smith introduced the Roll Call of the delegates, and each state chair cast votes for candidates.
Delegates celebrated as they waited for the final vote to be tallied.
Singer Lee Greenwood surprised Mock Con 2020 with a rendition of “God Bless the U.S.A.” after Sen. Bernie Sanders was chosen as the convention’s nominee.
Delegates chanted "U.S.A., U.S.A."
Students celebrated the close of the 27th Mock Convention with balloons, confetti and pyrotechnics.