Michelle Obama's debut as graduation speaker

May 16, 2009 4:02:09 PM PDT
First lady Michelle Obama urged jubilant graduates at a rural California university to give back to their communities. Obama made her debut as a commencement speaker to the first full senior class at the University of California, Merced. It is the newest and smallest school in the state's public system of universities.

Obama said particularly in this time of economic distress, communities need people to help out by starting after-school programs to help students succeed or work to reduce pollution and help the environment.

Obama also urged graduates to remember they are blessed. She says they should make their legacy a lasting one by giving something back.


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