First Lady Tells OSU Graduates To Lead A Rich Life

Jun 18, 2012

The First Lady did not mention the 2012 election or her husband the president during her speech at the Oregon State University commencement Sunday. Michelle Obama spoke about growing up in Chicago, her father, and how to lead a rich life. KLCC's Rachael McDonald reports.

Mrs. Obama told graduates to define their own success. She said it's important to show your love for family and friends by showing up.

Obama: "What counts is making the time to be there in person. Because I can promise you that years from now you will not remember the texts you've exchanged with your friends here at OSU."

On Fathers Day, Michelle Obama spoke of her father who died of complications from multiple sclerosis when she was in her 20s.

Diane Aspengren of Albany liked the First Lady's message to graduates.

Aspengren: "It's different from some, some of 'em are, you know you can do anything in the world, reach for the stars. And this was kind of a down to earth with a lot of feeling and emotion and probably more realistic."

Obama came to OSU to speak at the commencement and to visit her brother Men's Basketball coach Craig Robinson who has a new 4 month old son.

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