Michelle Obama’s Commencement Address at Oberlin College

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MRS. OBAMA:  Hi!  (Laughter and applause.)  How are you all doing?  (Applause.)  Are you sure?  (Applause.)  Well, let me just tell you, it is beyond a pleasure and an honor to be here with all of you today.

I want to start by thanking President Krislov for that very kind introduction, as well as all of the trustees, the faculty, the staff here at Oberlin.  I also want to tell you how proud and how moved I am to receive this honorary degree from this particular school–the first college in America to officially embrace the admission of black students, and the first co-ed school to grant bachelor’s degrees to women.  (Applause.)

I should be here today.  Oberlin is likely the only college in America that I could have attended nearly two centuries ago, and I am honored to be part of the extraordinary legacy of this great institution.  (Applause.)

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