Michelle Obama’s address to Virginia Tech

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Earlier this afternoon, first lady Michelle Obama delivered the commencement address at Virginia Tech. Standing before thousands of graduating college seniors in Blacksburg, Virginia, Mrs. Obama told the Class of 2012 to stay true to themselves saying, “It is up to each of us to define ourselves.” She also went on to note the resilient nature of the school after violent events happened on campus, including the 2007 shooting spree that took the lives of 33 people.

Included in the two-minute clip above is a message of perseverance to the graduates — listing the attributes that make the land-grant university one of the best schools in the country. Despite its violent past, the first lady urged the graduates of Virginia Tech to “carry their Hokie pride with them for the rest of their lives.”

Michelle Obama's address to Virginia Tech

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