Michelle Obama to Speak at North Carolina A&T Commencement

Two of the three speeches the first lady has planned are in key political states.

Posted: 03/28/2012 10:47 AM EDT

First Lady Michelle Obama, one of the nation’s most sought-after commencement speakers, will address graduates at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University on May 12. According to a White House release, both the president and the first lady have in the past delivered commencement speeches at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, or HBCUs, to highlight the institutions’ contributions and successes. Obama spoke at Spelman College last year.


Nicole Pride, associate vice chancellor for university relations, told BET.com that the White House called last week to offer the first lady as a speaker, which was a pleasant surprise that was kept secret until the White House broke the news Wednesday.


“Obviously it’s an exciting time for our institution and we’re looking forward to hearing from [her],” said Pride, who was preparing to share the news with the university community. “I’m expecting to hear a thunderous roar when the students get the news. There’s going to be a lot of buzz around the campus.”


Obama also will deliver addresses at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and Oregon State University, where her brother coaches the men’s basketball team.


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