A view of the stage at the 2008 vice presidential debate at Washington University.

“The Commission on Presidential Debates’ selection of Washington University is a reflection not only on our dynamic and engaged university community, but also on the importance of the St. Louis region, particularly at this moment in time.”

— Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton

As the eyes of the world turn to the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Washington University in St. Louis will play a prominent role in the national political conversation when it hosts a presidential debate on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016.

The schedule of four debates — three presidential and one vice presidential — was announced Sept. 23, 2015, by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD).

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