Joshua Metzler of Gilbert served as a University Relations Credentialing Center volunteer during the first presidential debate between candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump at Hofstra University recently.

Along with a month-long series of panel discussions, lectures and performances on important election issues, the volunteer opportunity provided a once-in-a-lifetime educational experience that inspired students to engage in the democratic process and embrace their responsibility as citizens and voters.

Hofstra University is a nationally ranked private university located in Hempstead, 25 miles from New York City. It’s the only institution in the nation to host three consecutive presidential debates and its 2016 debate was the most widely watched in American history.

The university offers small classes and personal attention with the resources, technology, and facilities of a large university, according to a release. Students can chose from undergraduate and graduate offerings in liberal arts and sciences, business, engineering and applied science, communication, education, health sciences and human services, honors studies, the Maurice A. Deane School of Law, the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies, and the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine.

Named to the 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, and the only school to host three consecutive presidential debates, Hofstra University is a community of more than 11,000 students known for civic engagement and public service.