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First Lady Michelle Obama Addresses Local Grads

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The First Lady was introduced by graduate Mustapha Williams. The First Lady was introduced by graduate Mustapha Williams.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- First Lady Michelle Obama was in Nashville on Saturday to address the graduating class from Martin Luther King Junior Magnet High School. The commencement was held at TSU's Gentry Center.

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MLK was the only high school graduation Mrs. Obama agreed to attend this year. The school was chosen because of the healthy initiatives being implemented at the school, which align with the First Lady's "Let's Move" initiative. 

"We are pleased to see the wonderful example this school is setting for schools across the country, and you should be very proud of that." said Mrs. Obama.

The First Lady began her remarks shortly after 1:00 p.m. She spoke to students about the importance of a good school and good teachers, like the ones at MLK. She also spoke about the strong support of parents in the success of MLK's students.

"I know that this is a very special school, and this is a wonderfully accomplished class." said Mrs. Obama.

"I think it is fair to say that you all have certainly lived up to your class slogan 'Act like a royal, but think like a boss," Mrs. Obama went on to say.

Mrs. Obama told students their college years ahead will be a very challenging experience. She said some of the support students have now in high school will change once they're in college, and she challenged students to be curious and reach out to create opportunities for growth.

The First Lady also said one key to their success will be some of the failures they could experience. She gave examples of Steve Jobs and how he was fired from Apple at one point. She also talked about Oprah Winfrey being demoted from a news anchor job, and she alluded to one of President Obama's early political defeats. Despite those failures, she said all those people went on to do great things. The President, she joked, even went on to become her husband.

Mrs. Obama told the students when she was a Freshman at Princeton, she took a Greek Mythology class and quickly realized she was in over her head. She got a "C" on an exam and had never gotten a grade that low before. Instead of letting that defeat her, she said she worked even harder, talked to her professor, and ended up getting a good grade for the class.

The First Lady talked about her success in college, law school, and her first job at a law firm. She warned students to be aware of what they really want to do. She said her job at the law firm was everything she was told she should reach for, but she wasn't happy and she moved on to work in more roles to help her community.

After wrapping up her remarks, Mrs. Obama personally handed each graduate their diploma and gave them all a hug. All 170 graduates are either attending college or joining the military.

"I went up there and I was like, I can't believe this is happening and she conversed. I don't remember it, it was like a blur," said graduate Michah Taylor.

Mrs. Obama announced her plans to come speak to the graduates in a video sent to the school from the White House last month.

This past week, the U.S. Secret Service cancelled its request for help from the Metro Police Department while the First Lady was in town. According to a statement from Metro P.D., Police Chief Steve Anderson urged the Secret Service to reconsider.

"The Nashville Police Department firmly believes that it had developed a plan which would have absolutely protected Mrs. Obama, while at the same time causing minimal inconvenience to other motorists and citizens."

Extra Metro police officers were still seen in the area around TSU for the ceremony. 

 

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