Michelle Obama: Oberlin 'Likely the Only College... I Could Have Attended Nearly 2 Centuries Ago'
Via CNS News:
(CNSNews.com) – First lady Michelle Obama told Oberlin College graduates on Monday she was “moved” to receive an honorary degree from the school, since it was the “first college in America to officially embrace the admission of black students, and the first co-ed school to grand bachelor’s degrees to women.”
“I should be here today,” Mrs. Obama said in her opening remarks. “Oberlin is likely the only college in America that I could have attended nearly two centuries ago, and I am honored to be part of the extraordinary legacy of this great institution.”
Mrs. Obama said she agreed to speak at Oberlin because she is “inspired by your commitment to service and social justice,” and she used much of her speech to urge students to become advocates for “social justice,” or liberalism. She equated conservative opposition with “noise,” “clamor” and “polarization,” and she urged students to “rise above it.”
The first lady noted that some Oberlin students may be sad to leave the protected, “respectful” college environment. And as she urged students to “carry on” the Oberlin legacy of social justice, she used herself as example:
“You might find yourself a little dismayed by the clamor outside these walls — the name-calling, the negative ads, the the folks yelling at each other on TV. After being surrounded by people who are so dedicated to serving others and making the world a better place, you might feel a little discouraged by the polarization and gridlock that too often characterize our politics and civic life.