Mrs. Obama gets kids pumped about college
High school seniors on their way to college were feted by U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and a host of celebrities April 26. She encouraged them to make the most of their college experiences, get involved in campus life and ask for help when they need it.
“We are so proud of everything you’ve achieved, and we don’t take the struggle for granted,” Obama told a roaring crowd of young people in attendance at an event in New York City’s Harlem.
Obama was marking her third and last College Signing Day. It was part of the Reach Higher initiative she started to encourage young people to extend their educations past high school. The events were in Detroit and San Antonio the first two years.
Obama told the students the goal wasn’t just to get into college, but to get a degree.
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First lady Michelle Obama, accompanied by Jay Pharoah, left, Common, second from right, and Sway, dances on stage during the the 2016 College Signing Day, Tuesday, April 26, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)