Community Service Ensures First Lady Will Speak At GW Commencement

Michelle Obama will be the third first lady in history to speak at George Washington University's commencement ceremony.

In September, Obama issued a challenge: She would speak at graduation if students and faculty completed 100,000 hours of community service by May 1.

A month early, an estimated 38,000 students, faculty, staff and members of GW's Board of Trustees have reached the goal. Projects included giving a make-over to a local high school on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and participating in alternative winter and spring break programs.

The university will keep tallying its community service hours and will announce an official total at the May 16 commencement ceremony on the National Mall, officials said.

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