Proximity has its privileges. First Lady Michelle Obama agreed to speak at three commencements this spring, and two of them are right here in Washington.
The White House announced today that Mrs. Obama will speak to graduates of George Washington University on May 16. But that commitment comes with strings attached. The student body, faculty and staff must complete the community service challenge she issued during a visit to the school in September. The GWU community owes Mrs. Obama 100,000 hours of community service before the term ends.
On June 11, Mrs. Obama will address the Anacostia Senior High School commencement. She first visited the school last spring during a mentoring activity.
Outside the Beltway, the first lady will address the Class of 2010 at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff on May 8. The University was established more than 130 years ago and began as Arkansas’ only state-supported institution of higher education for African-Americans.