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First Lady Michelle Obama meets with Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha Cameron for tea at 10 Downing Street, London, England, June 16, 2015.

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First Lady Michelle Obama meets with Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha Cameron for tea at 10 Downing Street, London, England, June 16, 2015.

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First Lady Michelle Obama meets with Prince Harry for tea to discuss the "Let Girls Learn" initiative and support for veterans, at Kensington Palace in London, England, June 16, 2015.

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First Lady Michelle Obama meets with Prince Harry for tea to discuss the "Let Girls Learn" initiative and support for veterans, at Kensington Palace in London, England, June 16, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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First Lady Michelle Obama meets with Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha Cameron for tea at 10 Downing Street, London, England, June 16, 2015.

First Lady Michelle Obama meets with Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha Cameron for tea at 10 Downing Street, London, England, June 16, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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First Lady Michelle Obama meets with Prince Harry for tea to discuss the "Let Girls Learn" initiative and support for veterans, at Kensington Palace in London, England, June 16, 2015.

First Lady Michelle Obama meets with Prince Harry for tea to discuss the "Let Girls Learn" initiative and support for veterans, at Kensington Palace in London, England, June 16, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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Last month, Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe and his wife, First Lady Akie Abe, came to DC for a state visit with the Obamas.

While the President and Prime Minister were meeting, the First Lady spent time with the Prime Minister’s wife, First Lady Akie Abe, at Great Falls Elementary School in Great Falls, Virginia. There, the two First Ladies spoke with a group of students who are learning Japanese and studying Japanese culture. Great Falls Elementary has a Japanese immersion program in which many students learn several of their subjects in Japanese.

First Lady Michelle Obama and First Lady Akie Abe of Japan greet students who lined the hallways at Great Falls Elementary School in Great Falls, Virginia, April 28, 2015.

First Lady Michelle Obama and First Lady Akie Abe of Japan greet students who lined the hallways at Great Falls Elementary School in Great Falls, Virginia, April 28, 2015.

My wish for all of you and for young people across America is that you have the chance to engage with kids from other parts of the world, that you learn about each other’s lives, that you understand one another’s hopes and dreams so that you can truly see for yourselves firsthand just how much we all have in common around the world.

—First Lady Michelle Obama at Great Falls Elementary School, on the Japan State Visit

First Lady Akie Abe also got to meet the First Dogs, Bo and Sunny, in a surprise visit!

First Lady Michelle Obama and First Lady Akie Abe of Japan are greeted by Bo and Sunny in the Ground Floor Corridor of the White House, April 28, 2015.

First Lady Michelle Obama and First Lady Akie Abe of Japan are greeted by Bo and Sunny in the Ground Floor Corridor of the White House, April 28, 2015.

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Yesterday afternoon, First Lady Michelle Obama addressed the Class of 2015 at Oberlin College in Ohio.

First Lady Michelle Obama at Oberlin Commencement

First Lady Michelle Obama is presented an honor sash during Oberlin College commencement ceremony in Oberlin, Ohio May 25, 2015.

The First Lady addressed the graduating Oberlin College class because Oberlin College was selected as part of the First Lady’s Reach Higher initiative’s “Near-Peer Mentoring College” Challenge – a challenge to institutes of higher education urging them to share videos on the ways they are helping high school students take charge of their future.

Oberlin’s near-peer challenge video showcased student voices from their Ninde Scholars Program, which matches Oberlin undergrads who provide academic support and college-access services to high school students in Ohio public schools. Oberlin's efforts exemplify the First Lady's mission to encourage schools to promote "near peer" mentorship. You can watch Oberlin College’s submission video here.

Not only was Oberlin the winner of her challenge, and a shining example of how to get underserved young people go on to college, but it held historical significance for Mrs. Obama as well.


"Oberlin is likely the only college in America that I could have attended nearly two centuries ago, and I am honored to be part of the extraordinary legacy of this great institution."

— First Lady Michelle Obama


Oberlin College was the first college in America to adopt a policy to admit African American students, as well as the first co-ed school to grant bachelor’s degrees to women -- and this year marked the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s own commencement address at Oberlin College.

The First Lady urged today's graduates of Oberlin to channel Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the spirit he aroused 50 years ago, to tackle the problems of today:


"You see, in his speech to those Oberlin graduates 50 years ago, Dr. King urged them, as Julia said, not to sleep through the civil rights revolution that was raging across this country. And, graduates, climate change, economic inequality, human rights, criminal justice – these are the revolutions of your time."

— First Lady Michelle Obama


The First Lady also urged the graduates to “rise above the noise and shape the revolutions of your time.” For, she said, “That is how you will have a meaningful journey on those clamorous highways of life.”

See the First Lady’s full remarks from her speech at Oberlin College here.

 

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