Michelle Obama to Speak at Tuskegee University Commencement

First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver the commencement address at Tuskegee University on May 9 as part of the Reach Higher initiative, which aims to ensure America has the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.

A release from the White House reports Mrs. Obama will deliver remarks during the commencement ceremony at 11 a.m. at Tuskegee University because of its legacy as one of America’s top historically black universities.

In addition, the First Lady will also address graduating classes at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Preparatory High School in Chicago as part of the initiative. The White House said these two schools were selected after making video submissions to two challenges issued by Michelle Obama.

Tuskegee University – founded by Booker T. Washington in 1881 – is a private, state-related historically black university and is the only university in the nation designated as a National Historic Site.  According to U.S. News and World Report, Tuskegee is listed as one of the top five HBCUs and amongst the top ten south regional colleges

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