The First Lady to Speak at Commencement

March 29th, 2012

First Lady, Michelle Obama, will provide the commencement address at Oregon State’s 143rd annual ceremony on June 17th.

OSU President Ed Ray invited Michelle Obama to give the address. In the invitation, he cited her work on behalf of youth health and the university’s commitment to fighting hunger and obesity. The first lady’s “Let’s Move!” campaign focus is to better childhood nutrition and improve community health.

Oregon State University researchers have been examining rural childhood obesity issues with a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Additionally, in 2010, members of the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team from the College of Business earned first place in the national “Let’s Can Hunger Challenge.” The team traveled through Oregon and the United States to develop a greater understanding of efforts made to reduce hunger and help build awareness about food insecurity.

The first lady will also be delivering commencement speeches at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (North Carolina A&T). We are very fortunate and excited to have the first lady take time out of her busy schedule and we welcome her to Beaver Nation.

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