Michelle Obama to deliver commencement at NC A&T

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Michelle Obama will deliver the commencement address to the 2012 graduates of North Carolina A&T State University.

White House officials announced Wednesday in a news release that the First Lady would be speaking to the graduating classes of three universities across the country this year and N.C. A&T was selected as one of them.

The chosen schools, which also include Virginia Tech and Oregon State universities, were each selected for different reasons.

“The First Lady will travel to North Carolina to speak at North Carolina A&T, part of the rich legacy of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) that have been instrumental in educating generations of African Americans,” a White House spokesperson said in the release.

He continued: “The President and First Lady both have recognized the important contributions of HBCUs across the country and have delivered commencement addresses to highlight their successes.”

The N.C. A&T commencement address will take place on May 12, one day after the Va. Tech address but more than a month before Oregon State.

“We are honored and delighted that First Lady Michelle Obama will be joining us as the speaker for our spring commencement ceremonies,” said Dr. Harold L. Martin Sr., N.C. A&T Chancellor. “This will be a historic occasion that the graduates and their guests will not soon forget.”

More than 1,000 students are set to graduate from N.C. A&T this year.

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