ATLANTA (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama was welcomed with thunderous cheers and applause as she took the podium to deliver the commencement address at a historically black women's college in Atlanta.
Her arrival Sunday at Spelman College took on the atmosphere of a homecoming as she stood before the graduates.
Most of the crowd were mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters or female cousins — all filling the 10,000-seat exhibit hall to see the first lady.
The 550 graduates swelled with pride upon her arrival and in watching her, saw a reflection of themselves and the epitome of the successful, black career women many hope to become. Obama's appearance was a coup for the 130-year-old school, which beat out colleges across the country for the honor.