WASHINGTON (AP) -- Michelle Obama will speak at Virginia Tech and two other college graduation ceremonies this spring, including two in key general election battleground states.
Mrs. Obama's first commencement address will be at Virginia Tech on May 11. The White House says the first lady has been inspired by the school's resiliency following the deadly 2007 campus shootings.
She will join Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) at the noon ceremony, where about 5000 students will be graduating.
"This is the first time a First Lady has addressed a Virginia Tech commencement," said President Charles Steger, "so this is a unique opportunity to welcome two dynamic leaders who are outstanding role models for today’s young men and women."
Mrs. Obama will also speak at North Carolina A&T, a historically black university.
Virginia and North Carolina are both politically important states that will be crucial to President Barack Obama's reelection prospects.
Mrs. Obama will also deliver the commencement address at Oregon State University, which has been recognized for its efforts to promote healthy communities, a key priority of the first lady. Mrs. Obama's brother, Craig Robinson, is the coach of the school's men's basketball team.