Students Will Present Plaque to First Lady
– June 3, 2011 2:00 pm
Quantico, Va. –– First Lady Michelle Obama is coming to speak to the graduating class of Quantico Middle / High School tonight.
We reported months ago that Mrs. Obama would be the school’s commencement speaker, but when a school administrator gathered the senior class to tell them she was coming they initially thought they had done something wrong.
“When I was notified that the First Lady had chosen to speak at Quantico Middle/High School’s 2011 commencement ceremony, I called a special meeting of the senior class. They confided in me later that they thought they were in trouble. Once they were all seated I told them that Mrs. Michelle Obama would be their keynote commencement speaker. They all screamed collectively – they were so thrilled,” said Quantico Middle / High School Principal Michael Hollier.
He doesn’t know why the First Lady chose to be the school’s commencement speaker, but says students there have long supported her causes such as fighting childhood obesity, and the “Joining Forces” initiative to support the family members of U.S. troops.
The graduating class from Quantico is about 27 students large, and they’ve put together a memento for the First Lady: A special plaque made from old recycled gym floor. On the plaque is a photo of the graduating class in their caps and gowns.
Quantico is one of the two final stops on the First Lady’s 2011 commencement speech circuit this year.
In addition scheduled speeches Iowa and Atlanta’s Spellman College, Obama was also scheduled to address graduates of West Point Military Academy.