First lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama: We raise men to feel 'entitled' Michelle Obama: 'Don't tweet every thought' Michelle Obama, Prince Harry visit public school in Chicago MORE will make her first commencement speech of the 2011 graduation season in Iowa.

She is scheduled to speak at University of Northern Iowa on May 7.

It's hard to ignore the potential political implications — her husband is running for reelection next year, and Iowa is an important early voting state (even though President Obama is not expected to face a tough 2012 primary challenger).

But the state is bound to have good memories for the Obama family. Then-Sen. Obama won the caucuses in the 2008 Democratic primary, which gave his presidential campaign a critical boost.

In announcing her speaking schedule Friday, the White House noted that Michelle Obama's Iowa speech will mark "her first visit as First Lady to a state she came to know and love during the 2008 campaign."

Also on her commencement speaking schedule: Spelman College in Atlanta on May 15; West Point on May 20; Quantico Middle High School in Quantico, Va., on June 3.