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First lady to deliver three college commencement speeches

By Samantha Stone, McClatchy-Tribune –

First lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to deliver the commencement addresses at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and Oregon State University on May 11, May 12 and June 17 respectively.

Obama feels a personal connection to each school. Her first stop, on May 11 at Virginia Tech, was inspired by “the resilience of the student body and community coming together to support each other during difficult times,” according to a White House press release.

North Carolina A&T is a historically black college and university or HBCU, a college that has “been instrumental in educating generations of African Americans.”

The press release said the first lady will speak May 12 at the North Carolina A&T commencement to honor the contributions HBCUs have made to higher education.

Lastly, Obama will speak on June 17 at OSU, a school who has shown in interest in helping put an end to childhood obesity and instill healthy lifestyles in our nation.

“OSU’s student body has been recognized for its efforts to promote healthy communities by organizing large-scale food donation drives,” according to the press release.

Obama’s brother, Craig Robinson, serves as the head men’s basketball coach at OSU.

In the past, Obama has delivered addresses at University of California Merced, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, the George Washington University, University of Northern Iowa, Spelman College and West Point. She has also spoken at D.C.-area schools Washington Math and Science Tech Public Charter High School, the Anacostia Senior High School and Quantico Middle High School.

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