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Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president on Wednesday, kicking off a day of fanfare that stands in stark contrast to a Washington devoid of crowds and on edge amid heightened security after the insurrection at the Capitol.

The star-studded, largely virtual celebration is set to start following Biden and incoming Vice President Kamala Harris’ swearing-in at the West Front of the Capitol, which began at 11 a.m. Biden placed his hand on a more-than-100-year-old family Bible held by his wife, Jill Biden, to take the oath of office.

Only about 1,000 socially distanced guests, including former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, attended the ceremony. Donald Trump was not present, making him the first president to skip a successor’s inauguration since Andrew Johnson.

Lady Gaga sung the national anthem, which will be followed by a virtual parade in midafternoon involving all the states and territories and a 90-minute prime-time TV special, “Celebrating America,” hosted by Tom Hanks. Performers throughout the day will include Jennifer Lopez, Garth Brooks, Bruce Springsteen, Foo Fighters, John Legend, Jon Bon Jovi, Justin Timberlake and others.

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‘It opens the door’: Jackson State University students celebrate inauguration

JACKSON, Miss. — Jackson State University junior Tiranda Plummer watched President Joe Biden’s inauguration in between virtual classes.

Plummer, a biology pre-med major at the historically Black university, is a member of the university’s marching band, which performed on Tuesday at the virtual “We Are One” inaugural event.

“This is a moment I’ll never forget,” Plummer said. “A moment I can tell my kids, my grandchildren about.”

Justin Standifer, a fellow junior, said it was “surreal” to see Vice President Kamala Harris, an alumna of Howard University, another historically black school, take office.

“It opens the door for more graduates of historically Black colleges to serve,” he said. “Let’s start a trend. Maybe the next one can be the president.”

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