A departure ceremony started at 11:30 a.m. at the Carter Presidential Center before the motorcade began its route to Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church at Emory University, where an invitation-only tribute service will be held from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m.
The Bidens arrived at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Cobb County shortly before noon, along with the Clintons and Michelle Obama, and joined the motorcade to the university, according to Channel 2 Action News. Rolling closures were in place along their route, and will again be in place as they make their way back to the airport after the service.
Several roads around the Emory campus will be closed from 4 a.m. to 4 p.m., and teachers have been asked to run classes virtually to avoid any jams.
The following roads are closed Tuesday:
- North Decatur Road from Clifton Road to the Emory Village Circle
- Fishburne Drive and Lane
- South Kilgo Circle (including the accessible parking spaces near Carlos Hall)
- Mizell Bridge
- Dowman Drive entrance to campus
Given the closures, the DeKalb County School District has warned parents to expect transportation delays at four schools: Druid Hills High, Druid Hills Middle, Fernbank Elementary and Briar Vista Elementary. Atlanta Public Schools also anticipates bus service delays for schools in Midtown and near the university.
“We will operate schools on our regular schedules,” the district said in a statement. “Parents may pick up their children early as they see fit.”
Flights are also being restricted in the Atlanta area during the ceremonies. Beginning at 10:30 a.m., air travel will be periodically restricted around Emory and around Dobbins Air Reserve Base.