March 28th, 2012
12:13 PM ET

First lady to deliver commencements at three universities

(CNN) – As the spring commencement season draws near, the White House announced Friday that first lady Michelle Obama will be among the keynote speakers at three universities.

Mrs. Obama will address graduating seniors at the Virginia Tech (May 11), North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (May 12), and Oregon State University (June 17).

Mrs. Obama has a particular connection to Oregon State – her brother, Craig Robinson, is the head basketball coach there. Meanwhile, the White House says Virginia Tech was chosen because Mrs. Obama is “inspired by the resilience” of the school’s student body since the shootings there. North Carolina A&T made the list because it is “part of the rich legacy of historically black colleges and universities,” the White House said.

Of course, that Virginia Tech and North Carolina A&T happen to be in presidential battleground states may not have escaped the thoughts of Mrs. Obama’s schedulers.


Topics: Michelle Obama

soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Lefty

    For the first time in my life, I'm proud of my diploma.

    March 28, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
    • jean2009

      @Lefty That would be diplomas (plural) one from Princeton, one from Harvard. She was also a national honors student during high school and was class salutatorian. I'm sure those students will be proud to have her speak.

      March 28, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
      • Howard

        Yeah, and Barack got the Nobel Prize.

        March 28, 2012 at 8:08 pm |
      • jean2009

        And he also graduated magna cum laude from Howard which means he was in the top 10% of his class.

        March 29, 2012 at 9:03 am |
      • jean2009

        Harvard.

        March 29, 2012 at 9:04 am |
      • jerry

        BA degree in doc with minor in black studies ...BFD! Who paid for her education? She was raised in her grandmothers house in an upstairs apartment in the south side of chicago...basically a slum... so who financed her education for this girl who grew up in a 95% black lower income neighborhood?

        March 29, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
      • jean2009

        @ Jerry
        Michelle Obama graduated cum laude from Princeton and has a law degree from Harvard. She was attending gifted class by the fifth grade and was in an accelerated class for gifted children. She attended Whitney M Young High School which was the first magnet high school for gifted students in Chicago, and was her graduating class salutatorian. I'm sure there would have been scholarships for her accomplishments.

        March 29, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
      • jerrylax

        the question is: Why did mz obama go to princton to study socioligy and minor in black studies? And, who paid for this farce of an education? Rin-Tin-Tin could finish a major in those studies with honors! The JD from Harvard...who paid for that? This woman profited from the fact she is black...gamed the system just like her husband and they still are gaming the system... How about leaders who actually played on a level field and earned and paid for their success.

        March 30, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
    • arduck

      So Howard, your bitter point is?

      March 28, 2012 at 9:26 pm |
      • Howard

        HALF OF AMERICA IS BITTER, AS A RESULT OF THE WAY OBAMA HAS TRASHED THIS COUNTRY. AMERICA NEEDS A COMMANDER AND CHIEF ... NOT A LIAR AND THIEF !!!

        March 29, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
      • Blue Dot In Red State

        Howard, I think you mean "Commander-IN-Chief," not [and]. You're what's wrong with the [stupid] half of this country. As your comment shows, you have no idea what the President's title is–conveying your lack of education and brains. This is the case with most people who oppose President Obama. Might I remind you that in the 2008 election, there was a direct correlation between the people who voted for Obama and the level of education they have obtained. More than 50% of people with bachelor's degrees, more than 65% of people with master's degrees, and more than 75% of people with PhDs voted for President Obama!! On the other hand, less than 50% of people with bachelor's degrees, more than 65% of people with high school diplomas, and an overwhelming 70% of people with NO EDUCATION at all voted for McCain/Palin. I think this says much about how people with brains vote. SO, my point is, I can deduce that you are not well educated, therefore, I'm not surprised you're bashing on President Obama. Have fun voting for "RMoney" or "Sanctorium" in November. Your vote will tally for us how many ignorant and dumb people live in this country.

        March 29, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
      • Howard

        Blue Dot ... the Blue Dots are the sex offenders ... and, you're obiously the STUPID half of America.

        March 29, 2012 at 7:31 pm |
      • jean2009

        @Howard Using your logic (who would want to?) I guess Red dots in a Blue State indicates where the idiots are concentrated.

        March 30, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  2. Nobama

    I can't stand her for a minute!

    Go hide somewhere until your husband is defeated in November.

    Then, let's see you and the other three monkeys move out of WH!

    March 28, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
    • davidmself

      So, you prefer one of these Republican clowns who do not know what thay stand for because they have contradicted themselves so many times. It's obvious from your remark that you are...what...a Middle school grad.

      March 30, 2012 at 11:35 am |
  3. Howard

    Michelle can tell the college students why they won't be able to get a job after graduation, thanks to Barack's failed policies.

    March 28, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
    • WIMPY38

      Yeah, she could tell them they won't get jobs because of the autistic GOPs in Congress.

      March 28, 2012 at 8:17 pm |
      • Howard

        Yeah, she could blame it on congress ... or, Bush ... or, aliens from the planet Oz ... but, the REAL TRUTH is that Barack has been destroying America's economy over the past 3 1/2 years ... and, if he continues, the college student's children, and their children's children, will be working 24-7 to pay off the huge debts he is saddling the American people with.

        March 28, 2012 at 9:08 pm |
      • jean2009

        @Howard blaming it on congress would be the most logical...but blaming it on failed GOP policies would be more accurate.

        March 29, 2012 at 9:06 am |
    • Delu

      How exactly has Obama destroyed the economy through his failed policies?

      Please keep your dissertation short.

      March 28, 2012 at 10:20 pm |
    • AboutToGraduate

      I am about to graduate from my masters program at the age of 25. I can't tell you how much Obama has helped me in the last few years. I wouldn't have health insurance right now. My student loans would be harder to pay off without his income based repayment plan, and his consolidation program. Oh and by the way, I just got a full time job and I'm not even done with school yet. Lastly, I would be honored if the first lady spoke at my commencement this May.

      March 29, 2012 at 9:06 pm |
    • davidmself

      Howard, you have aa serious problem. One of which is that you do not know anything. You have to have been part of that independent study that shows that people who listen to Fox news know less that people who do not listen to anything. (google that)

      March 30, 2012 at 11:40 am |
  4. jean2009

    Which reminds me all the idiots wanting to see President Obama's college transcripts. Harvard has already published that he graduated magna cum laude and was the first black president of the Harvard Law Review. Which wouldn't happen unless you are academically in the top 10% of the class.

    March 28, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
    • Howard

      WHO CARES ABOUT THE PAMPERED, IVORY TOWER WORLD OF ACADEMICS, WITH AUTOMATIC PAY RAISES, AUTOMATIC PENSIONS, AND TENURE, RATHER THAN PERFORMANCE, DETERMINING ONE'S REWARDS ... OBAMA NEVER WORKED, OR SUCCEEDED IN THE 'REAL WORLD' ... ANOTHER REASON WHY HE ABHORS FREE ENTERPRISE, OR COMPETITION, UNLESS THE DECK IS STACKED IN HIS FAVOR ... OR, YOU GET REWARDED JUST FOR SHOWING UP ... LIKE VOTING 'PRESENT' 127 TIMES.

      March 29, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
      • jean2009

        Howard it is obvious you have never attended a university...let alone those you refer to as Ivory Towers.
        The polls I referred to were the Rasmussen, Quinnipiac, CNN and Suffolk University polls.

        March 30, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  5. jean2009

    http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2007/1/19/obama-left-mark-on-hls-days/

    March 28, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
    • arduck

      Howard, I see your hate dripping off our lips. Get a napkin. Chill. Please. Its a commencement address. The students will be glad she addressed them and it will be a memory for years to come. You can stay home. Even Laura and George gave commencement addresses even at the height of the two unpopular and unfunded wars.....but hey that is what past and present POTUSs and FLOTUSs do/have done at this time of year. Don't hate the season, celebrate. Your side will get its turn in a few years.....or more. Good night and good luck.

      March 28, 2012 at 9:32 pm |
      • jean2009

        We can hope forever...... No turn for GOP!

        March 29, 2012 at 9:11 am |
      • Howard

        ... And, I see you salivating over your false messiah ... and, blindly defending his every blunder ... even if the fate of America hangs in the balance.

        March 29, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
    • jerry

      the only mark that will be left by obama (that we won't erase) is the one on the back side of his undies. He is finished, a complete goof as president, lecturer, community organizer, and legislator...but he did sell some books to the nut case cool aid drinkers.

      March 29, 2012 at 10:52 am |
  6. Steveo

    Regardless of the politics, not everyone can say they had someone of her stature to deliver their commencement address!

    March 29, 2012 at 10:42 am |
  7. jerry

    live it mz obama...now your on a Los Vegas vacation c/o the taxpayers.... your an angry black woman from south chicago and you act like it....next year at this time your will be an already distant memory...thank God for that!

    March 29, 2012 at 10:50 am |
  8. Ray E. (Georgia)

    The mind is a terriable thing to waste. Let's hope some of that education rubs off on Mz Obama. I went to KICKED-IN-THE-SHINS U.

    March 29, 2012 at 11:01 am |
  9. george of the jungle

    No matter what the president or first lady does some repo idiot writes in with a crude nasty remark. The remarks made about the Martin case where equally nasty. The N word repeatedly used. Many repos feel intiminated when faced with intellegent people, And both the president and first lady are well educated bright people. Many repos don't like that a person of color is in the white house and many tea party supporters have made that obvious too. Well I think it is an honor to have the first lady speak at any graduation. Im sure the young adults will enjoy it and will find inspiration. Unlike their older counterparts they are not only open minded but much more tolerent . And of course better educated than the trailer trash repos that write in to this post.

    March 29, 2012 at 11:41 am |
    • Howard

      Young naive, inexperienced, gullible minds, easily indoctrinated, easily deceived, and easily betrayed. By the time these young people realize they were used and sold out, it will be too late.

      March 29, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
      • jean2009

        I'm 77 years old.

        March 29, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
    • jerry

      and you just suppose it is only republicans who dislike obamas politics and presidency...you moron. 46% of voting Americans will not vote for obama for any reason... clearly, he is on his way back to chicago...or hawaii or kenya...where ever.

      March 29, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
      • jean2009

        I understand Mittens polls 19 points lower than President Obama, and Insanitorium polls even less.
        http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/03/record-number-see-romney-negatively-obama-outpaces-him-in-popularity/

        March 29, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
    • jean2009

      @george
      Of course you mean those idiot racist rednecks Lefty, Howard, Jerry, Nobama, and Ray (Georgia).

      March 29, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
      • Howard

        Jean ... the poll you refer to, in which Obama is leading by double digits, is the CNN poll ... but this poll is biased. The overwhelming number os CNN fans are far left liberals ... therefore the poll is meaningless. November will tell the tale.
        If Obama was such a shoe in, he wouldn't be feverishly trying to raise a Billion dollars, to buy a reelection ... already,
        this campaigner and chief has had over 108 fund raisers. But, that's ok ... you may as well indulge in your false optimism, because in 8 months Obama, and all you Obama stooges, will be neutered, and inconsequential.

        March 30, 2012 at 1:17 am |
  10. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Humm,
    Is that right Jean, you have been buying that Snake Oil for 77 years? P.T. Barnum spoke of people like you. I know I am just a Stumble Bum but I am doing the best I can. Pleas bare with me.

    I consider my day a total loss until I catch hell from somebody!

    March 30, 2012 at 9:54 am |
    • jean2009

      At least you are honest enough to admit to being a stumble bum....to that I agree.

      March 30, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  11. Angy

    Can we say HATERS! PRESIDENT OBAMA AND FIRST LADY OBAMA have more education then the entire group of gop losers. If you haters think President OBAMA destroyed this country, what do you think bush did? HMMMMMMMMMM.

    March 30, 2012 at 2:09 pm |