Michelle Obama To Speak At EKU Graduation

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Updated: 4/11/2013 11:29 pm
First lady Michelle Obama will speak at Eastern Kentucky University commencement ceremonies in May and also receive an honorary doctorate.

The White House says EKU was chosen because of it's numerous programs and services in place designed to help veterans further their education.

EKU President Dr. Doug Whitlock said this is an honor for the University to be recognized for their dedication to veterans.

"We've been doing a lot of work on this campus over the last several years about getting support for military families and our veterans trying to make them successful in their transition back to academic life," Whitlock said.

Marine Corps Veteran Frank Dibattiste is a student at EKU. He is one of nearly 1,300 veterans enrolled at the University.

Dibattiste said the college's outstanding veterans program was the reason he wanted to go to EKU.

"It's the number one reason I chose EKU," Dibattiste said. "They were ranked as the number one vet friendly school in the nation and when I realized that, I realized that it's basically setting me up to succeed."

Michelle Obama is one of three speakers for the commencement at the school's Richmond campus May 11. The other two are Kentucky author Silas House and former University of Kentucky President Charles Wethington.

Obama is expected to address graduates from the College of Education and the College of Business and Technology in the last three ceremonies of the day.

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