Up Next

Get Lifted

Michelle Obama gives last commencement speech as first lady

Graduates in New York will never forget her words on diversity

On Friday, more than 3,000 students of New York’s City College’s Class of 2016 became a part of history. They all heard words of wisdom and encouragement from Michelle Obama as she delivered her final commencement speech as first lady.

She praised the school’s diversity and encouraged graduates by reminding them that they are “living, breathing proof that the American Dream endures in our time.”

According to the Associated Press, the 169-year-old public college was founded in 1847 and prides itself on educating immigrants and those without the means of attending a private university. More than 40 percent of students at City College are first-generation college students and half are from low-income households.

“All of you know for centuries this city has been the gateway to America for so many striving, hope-filled immigrants,” Obama said.

“We know that our greatness has always depended on contributions from people who were born elsewhere but sought out this country and made it their home,” she added.

She was presented with an honorary doctorate of humane letters.


Kelley Evans is a digital producer at Andscape. She is a food passionista, helicopter mom and an unapologetic Southerner who spends every night with the cast of The Young and the Restless by way of her couch.