Mar 28, 2011

First lady Michelle Obama was in Alpharetta at North Point Community Church on Feb. 9  to celebrate the first anniversary of her  "Let's Move!" campaign to fight childhood obesity.

First lady Michelle Obama will serve as the commencement speaker at Spelman College, the White House announced Friday.

The ceremony for more than 500 graduates will be held at 3 p.m. May 15 in the Georgia International Convention Center. Obama will also receive an honorary degree.

"Having Mrs. Obama as our 2011 commencement speaker is a true honor because she embodies the Spelman College mission, which is to prepare women to change the world in a meaningful way," Spelman President Beverly Tatum said in a statement. "I know our students will be inspired by her powerful presence."

Spelman is considered one of the nation's top liberal arts college and is the oldest historically black college for women.

The ceremony will feature other strong women. Sisters Debbie Allen, an actress and choreographer, and Phylicia Rashad, an actress and director, will receive honorary degrees. Wendy Kopp, who started Teach For America, will receive an award for community service.

Source - AJC


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