First Lady Michelle Obama’s Commencement Address at George Washington University: A Celebration of Service Learning and Volunteerism


Wow.  Thank you all.  Thank you so much.  (Applause.)  Thank you.  “Dr. Obama”–I like that.  (Laughter.)  I think I’ll have everybody at home start calling me that. (Laughter.)

Thank you.  I am so honored to help you celebrate this wonderful day.

And thank you, Ally; thank you, Dr. Knapp, for your generous introduction.  I also want to thank Russ Ramsey, Chair of the George Washington University Board of Trustees.

And congratulations to the extraordinary young men and women of the Class of 2010!  (Applause.)

You guys, you should be so proud of yourselves and your incredible accomplishments. But let’s not forget all the people who also share in that pride–-again, your moms and dads, and brothers and sisters, your friends, grandparents, mentors–-all of whom took this journey with you in ways both seen and unseen. So this is their day, too.  So let’s give them another round of applause and thank…

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