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Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 03/28/2012

Michelle Obama to deliver Va. Tech graduation speech

First Lady Michelle Obama will speak to more than 5,000 graduates at Virginia Tech May 11, alongside Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.)

Michelle Obama gives the commencement address at the University of Northern Iowa graduation, May 7, 2011, at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa. (Charlie Neibergall - Associated Press)
Obama was “inspired by the resilience of the student body and community coming together to support each other during difficult times,” according to the White House.

“This is the first time a First Lady has addressed a Virginia Tech commencement so this is a unique opportunity to welcome two dynamic leaders who are outstanding role models for today’s young men and women,’’ Virginia Tech President Charles Steger said in a statement.

The White House previously announced Vice President Biden will deliver the commencement address at Tallwood High School in Virginia Beach on June 14.

No Virginia schools made President Obama’s list, though. He’s heading to New York, Missouri and Colorado.

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) will speak at the University of Richmond and Christopher Newport University, where his appearance has drawn a small protest.

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