Michelle Obama to Speak at Spelman College Commencement

March 28, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

First lady Michelle Obama speaks at a White House youth leadership and mentoring event at Wayne State University in Detroit, Wednesday, May 26, 2010. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

(theGrio) More than 500 graduates of Spelman Graduates are preparing for a commencement address they won’t soon forget.

On May 18, first lady Michelle Obama will deliver the commencement address to the liberal arts women’s college located in Atlanta, Georgia, White House sources said today.

“In a personal address, the first lady will discuss her upbringing, and the significance of being part of the first generation in her family to graduate from college,” a White House source told theGrio. “She will also encourage the graduates to continue to serve their communities, embrace the challenges ahead of them, and strive to fulfill their ambitious goals.”

Last year, the first lady addressed the graduating class at another historically black college, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, which began as the only state-supported University for African-Americans.

President Obama spoke at Hampton University’s commencement last year, telling graduates: “Now that your minds have been opened, it’s up to you to keep them that way, and it will be up to you to open minds that remain closed.”

Several senior White House officials also spoke at other HBCUs last year.

Mrs. Obama will also be speaking at the University of Northern Iowa and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point this May. She will speak to graduates of the Quantico Middle High School in Quantico, Virginia this June.

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