Taking the stage to a deafening applause, First Lady Michelle Obama addressed the graduating class of Spelman College inspiring to them to “do big things.”
While the First Lady has several colleges on her list scheduled commencement addresses, Spelman was by far the most anticipated. Mrs. Obama was presented with an honorary degree from the college, along with honorees Debbie Allen, Phylicia Rashad and Wendy Kopp.
Speaking to the 550 graduates of the historically black women and the crowd of 10,000 family members, friends and supporters, Mrs. Obama reminded the audience:
“Find those folks who have so much potential but so little opportunity and do for them what Spelman has done for you. No matter where you go in the world, you will find folks who have been discounted or dismissed, but who have every bit as much promise as you have. They just haven’t had the chance to fulfill it. It is your obligation to bring Spelman to those folks. Be as ambitious for them as Spelman has been for you.”
Mrs. Obama told the graduates to not only be mindful of the women of Spelman past but cherish the ones that had taken the journey with them, saying:
“You all are the keepers of each others histories and the bonds that you’ve formed here will sustain you and nourish you for the rest of your lives. Now that is sisterhood.”
To close the First Lady channeled the words of writer Tina McElroy Ansa:
“Claim what is yours…You belong anywhere on this earth you want to.”
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