Oprah arrives at Free State university

2011-06-24 14:22

Scores of eager Oprah Winfrey fans gathered in anticipation to watch the much-loved talk-show host receive an honorary doctorate at the University of the Free State today.

The university buzzed with excitement as Winfrey arrived for her cap ceremony. She will be honoured with a doctorate in education.

Winfrey arrived shortly before 2pm, dressed in a brown jacket and orange dress.

Fans braved arctic weather, queuing in long lines at Callie Human Hall within Bloemfontein Campus. The hall seats 4 500 people.

Social networking site Twitter updated by the minute with tweets from local media on the day’s proceedings. A reporter at Bloemfontein airport tweeted that those inside the hall found a Kovsies water bottle and a muffin on their seats.

Security at the campus has also been beefed up for the day.

Tickets for students to attend the event were taken up within hours of the announcement, and public tickets were sold out on the same day.

Placards welcoming Oprah to Bloemfontein are also up on lamp posts in the streets. Winfrey was expected to stay in Bloemfontein for only a few hours to receive the doctorate and to talk to students.

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