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First Lady Fulfills Promise Speaks at GW University Commencement

By: T. Cahill

Washington, D.C. (May 16) – Eight months ago, Michelle Obama issued George Washington University both a challenge and an reward. The First Lady challenged the students, faculty, staff, and trustees of George Washington to commit to, and perform, 100,000 hours of community service throughout the greater Washington area.

In return, the First Lady made the promise that she would be their speaker for their graduation commencement. “I am here because, as you’ve seen, eight months ago, I used you all in great ways. I issued a challenge to the students, faculty, staff, and trustees of GW. I promised you that if you performed 100,000 hours of service to the greater Washington community this school year, that I’d come and speak at your commencement.”

A woman of her word, her commencement address promoted much laughter as the crowd showed their appreciation. On a humorous note, the First Lady stated, “But I will say that if I had known that you’d complete more than 3,300 hours on the first day of the challenge I’d probably have picked a higher number!”

First Lady Michelle Obama spoke at some length recalling stories of individual and group actions those at GW performed during their 100,000 hours of service. She concluded her speech at 11:22 a.m. EDT with the words, “So thank you, graduates. I wish you God’s grace and the greatest luck on the journey ahead. Congratulations. Thank you.”

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