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Special Commencement edition

Today in the News Media

Today in the News Media is a synopsis of some of the most prominent coverage of OSU people and programs. Inclusion of any item constitutes neither an endorsement nor a critique, but rather is intended only to make the OSU community aware of significant items in the media.

OSU Today would like to share media coverage of the OSU 2012 Commencement celebration. The weekly summer edition of OSU Today will resume next Monday.

A day for family (Gazette-Times)

The commemorative OSU graduation edition. (see story here)

Michelle Obama taps old memories in Oregon State University graduation speech (Washington Post)

Drawing on memories of her childhood and early career, Michelle Obama told Oregon State University graduates Sunday to live life for themselves, not for anyone else. (see also Atlanta Journal Constitution, Austin American-Statesman)

First Lady tells OSU grads to ‘live a rich life’ (OPB)

The First Lady did not mention the 2012 election or her husband the president during her speech at the Oregon State University commencement Sunday. Michelle Obama spoke about growing up in Chicago, her father, and how to lead a rich life.

Michelle Obama accepts honorary degree from Oregon State University (FOX)

First Lady Michelle Obama was presented with an honorary doctoral degree from Oregon State University on Sunday, before delivering a commencement address to an estimated 37,000 people at the university’s football stadium.

A first (lady) for OSU (Register Guard)

In a graduation speech so uncampaignlike that she barely mentioned her husband’s name, first lady Michelle Obama on Sunday urged the Oregon State University Class of 2012 to lead lives rich in the things that matter most to them.

A first for OSU (Oregonian)

First Lady Michelle Obama spoke to the Oregon State Class of 2012 on Sunday, inspiring a Reser crowd of nearly 33,000 – about three-quarters capacity for a football game – and crediting her big brother for the scheduling coup.

Michelle Obama speaks at OSU (KOIN)

First lady Michelle Obama delivered Sunday’s commencement address at Oregon State University. “Live for yourself and not for anyone else,” Obama said Sunday.

Michelle Obama to OSU grads: Don’t leave any unfinished business (KPTV)

A crowd of more than 30,000 people packed Reser Stadium on Sunday afternoon to send off the largest graduating class in Oregon State University history and to welcome first lady Michelle Obama, whose commencement speech moved some to tears.

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at OSU (KGW)

First Lady Michelle Obama made a special stop in Oregon Sunday, to deliver the commencement address at Oregon State University.

First Lady speaks to OSU grads on Father’s Day (KLCC)

First Lady Michelle Obama told Oregon State University graduates to define their own success Sunday. She spoke at the Commencement ceremony at Reser Stadium after receiving an honorary doctorate in public health.

First Lady Michelle Obama tells OSU grads to ‘live your dreams‘ (Skanner)

Michelle Obama wowed an enthusiastic crowd of 5000 graduates and their families at Oregon State University where she gave the 2012 Commencement address, Sunday June 17.

People stand for hours waiting to welcome First Lady Michelle Obama (KMTR)

Hours before Oregon State University’s graduation, dozens of people gathered near the Eugene Airport to welcome the First Lady to Oregon.

Not your typical commencement (Democrat-Herald)

When Kavinda Arthenayake learned from the White House in March that Michelle Obama had agreed to speak at Oregon State University’s commencement, he did what any event planner would do: he Google-searched each one of her previous commencement addresses.

Locals enjoy meet and greet with 2012 commencement speaker (Lebanon Express)

Add this to the list of things Corvallis residents learned Sunday about first lady Michelle Obama: “She doesn’t shake hands,” said Pete Nelson. “She hugs.”

A day for family (Democrat-Herald)

While family and friends waited in the stands, Oregon State University’s graduating class of 2012 arrived near Reser Stadium midday Sunday, where they passed through metal detectors and stood inside the Merrit Truax Indoor Practice Facility for hours until finally being seated in Reser in the later afternoon.

OSU, First Lady’s brother, Craig Robinson, prep for Obama visit (Sporting News)

Officially, Michelle Obama is coming to Oregon on Sunday to deliver a commencement address at Oregon State University in Corvallis. While the first lady’s there, though, she’ll also be meeting her newest nephew, born four months ago to her brother and his wife. (see also Bend Bulletin)

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