March 28th, 2012
12:13 PM ET
(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.