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First lady tells Dillard grads to stay hungry

By Chevel Johnson

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, May 10 2014 12:53 p.m. MDT

First lady Michelle Obama waves to the crowd before delivering the commencement address to graduates of Dillard University in New Orleans, Saturday, May 10, 2014.

Jonathan Bachman, Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS — First lady Michelle Obama is urging graduates of Dillard University to continue to fuel their hunger for education and use it to guide and inspire the "next generation of geniuses."

On Saturday the first lady told the 226 graduates of the historically black college that they have opportunities and skills that their parents and grandparents never could have imagined. She urged them to use those skills to help those coming after them.

Obama also has received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the university.

She encouraged the graduates to start small, such as through volunteering as a tutor or by rallying their communities to start a mentor program, but Obama didn't reject the possibility of larger contributions, such as serving on a school board, in Congress or as president.

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