First Lady speaks at MLK graduation ceremony Saturday
May 18, 2013 07:06 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
Students at Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet School had a memorable graduation.
On Saturday, 3,650 people filled the Gentry Gymnasium on the Tennessee State University grounds for First Lady Michelle Obama's only high school graduation commencement speech of the year.
This was her third visit to Nashville in just over a year.
Michelle Obama gave a 20 minute speech comparing the Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet High School to her high school years.
"All the things that I've heard about this school it is so familiar to me because I actually went to a school just like this one when I was your age," said Obama.
She touched on the gifted class, the importance of one's community and finding a passion
"Graduates my message to all of you is this do not waste a minute living someone else's dream, each of us has unique gifts," said Obama.
The first lady then took time to hand each graduate their diplomas with a hug, not a handshake.
The embrace made the day even more memorable to the graduates.
"Not only is she giving us our diplomas but she is up their hugging us saying, 'I'm so proud of you,' stuff like that. It was just really friendly and really real," said MLK graduate, Emily Crenshaw.
Michelle Obama's final words included a quote from Doctor Martin Luther King himself incorporated with the class motto.
"You don't get to the promise land without going through the wilderness, but graduates if you remember all the lessons you have learned here at MLK, if you keep acting like a royal and thinking like a boss there is no promise you can't realize and there is no telling how bright your futures will be."
The president and First Lady have spoken at several historically black colleges and universities during their time at the White House.
President Obama is scheduled to speak Sunday at Morehouse College's graduation in Atlanta.