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First lady Michelle Obama is teaming up with the rapper Wale for an event next Thursday to promote access to higher education.

The first lady will appear on a panel with the D.C.-based rapper, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Manuel Contreras, a rising senior at Brown University. E! News co-host Terrence Jenkins will moderate the panel.

{mosads}Wale will perform a concert for the 130-plus students in attendance at the White House summit.

The all-day event is part of Obama’s Reach Higher initiative, which encourages all students to pursue post-high school education.

Invited students are from urban, rural, foster, homeless and special-needs backgrounds “who have overcome substantial obstacles to persist through high school and make it to college,” according to the White House.

“This event will focus on sharing tools and strategies students can use to successfully transition to college and the resources they will need to complete the next level of their education,” the White House said in a statement.

Wale has released four studio albums. He attended college at Virginia State, Bowie State and Robert Morris, but dropped out before earning a degree.

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