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First Lady Tells OSU Grads To Live 'Rich Life'

KLCC | June 18, 2012 12:10 a.m. | Updated: July 17, 2012 1:01 a.m.

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Rachael McDonald

The First Lady did not mention the 2012 election or her husband the president during her speech at the Oregon State University commencement Sunday. Michelle Obama spoke about growing up in Chicago, her father, and how to lead a rich life.

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to graduates at OSU." Photo by Chris Ho Photography.

Mrs. Obama told graduates to define their own success. She said it’s important to show your love for family and friends by showing up.

“What counts is making the time to be there in person. Because I can promise you that years from now you will not remember the texts you’ve exchanged with your friends here at OSU,” she said.

On Father’s Day, Michelle Obama spoke of her father who died of complications from multiple sclerosis when she was in her 20s.

Diane Aspengren of Albany liked the First Lady’s message to graduates.

“It’s different from some, some of ‘em are, you know you can do anything in the world, reach for the stars. And this was kind of a down to earth with a lot of feeling and emotion and probably more realistic,” she said.

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to graduates at OSU." Photo by Chris Ho Photography.

Obama came to OSU to speak at the commencement and to visit her brother Men’s Basketball coach Craig Robinson who has a new 4-month-old son.

On the Web

Video of Michelle Obama’s address

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