Michelle Obama’s Virginia Tech Address Further Proof Our First Lady Is Pretty Awesome [VIDEO]
2:46 pm, May 12th | by Amy Tennery
Roughly a month after the five-year anniversary of the horrific shootings at Virginia Tech, First Lady Michelle Obama gave the commencement address at the school, urging graduates to moving forward from the tragic events of that day.
In particular, she reminded graduates that “people can only define you if you let them” — and encouraged students to show outsiders that VT isn’t defined by that event:
“When you all are out there in the world and you meet someone and you tell them you’re from Virginia Tech and they say ‘Huh. Isn’t that the school where–’ I want you to interrupt them right there and say ‘Yes. it is the school where we have some of the best academic programs and professors in the country.’ That’s what you tell them.”
Of course, giving a speech that centers around a tragedy, yet simultaneously encourages its listeners not to focus on that tragedy, is no easy task. And yet, Obama pulls it off easily. We’ll file that under Reasons Why Our First Lady Rocks.
Watch more segments from the address below: