From cheers to tears, emotions ran high as West Virginia University students, faculty and staff gathered to watch Tuesdays (Jan. 20) historic inauguration on a big-screen TV in the Mountainlair.

More than 100 people packed the TV lounge to witness the swearing-in of the 44th president of the United States. One student sported a T-shirt with a photo of Barack Obama and an American flag.

The students cheered as Obama was officially declared commander in chief, and all watched intently as he spoke about his plans for change.

In this video, students share their thoughts about what Obamas inauguration means to them, their families and their future. View the video by clicking on the image above.