First lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama: 'Treat fear as a challenge' Barack Obama wishes a happy 58th birthday to 'best friend' Michelle The Memo: 2024 chatter reveals Democratic nervousness MORE on Monday called on graduating students to enter public life and "shake things up," invoking those young adults who volunteered for her husband's two presidential campaigns.


Obama used her commencement address at Oberlin College in Ohio to charge those in attendance to volunteer for political campaigns, follow local politics closely, vote regularly and run for office themselves.

"Get in there, shake things up. Don’t be afraid," Obama said.

"That is how you will rise above the noise and shape the revolutions of your time," she said.

Obama spoke at Oberlin after the school won an academic video challenge last year.

She also addressed graduates at Tuskegee University, a historically black university in Alabama, earlier this month, and speaks at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. College Preparatory High School in Chicago next month.

"Today, it is no longer remarkable to see two beautiful black girls walking their dogs on the South Lawn of the White House lawn. That’s just the way things are now," Obama said Monday.

"This is what happens when you turn your attention outward and decide to brave the noise and engage yourself in the struggles of our time," she added.

Obama invoked Martin Luther King Jr., who spoke at the school's commencement 50 years ago, noting, "climate change, economic inequality, human rights, criminal justice – these are the revolutions of your time."

Meanwhile, President Obama addressed those gathered at Arlington National Cemetery to mark an "especially meaningful" Memorial Day.

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