First Lady Changes Date For Kansas Graduation Speech After Seating Uproar

Michelle Obama*Never let it be said that first lady, Michelle Obama, won’t at least attempt to be accommodating.

After parents and students in Topeka, Kansas got miffed over  seating arrangements at the upcoming senior graduation ceremony where the first lady was invited to speak, a solution has been reached that should make all parties involved a lot happier: Mrs. Obama will now address the high school graduation class a day earlier, according to the Associated Press.

As The Root reported last week, the Topeka Public School District had invited the first lady to speak on May 17 at a combined ceremony involving five schools and commemorating the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education; a  decision that struck down racial segregation in public schools.

Now, under the new plan, Michelle Obama will speak on May 16 at a “senior recognition day” ceremony in the same 8,000-seat arena where the combined ceremony was to be held, AP reports. The five schools will now conduct separate graduation exercises. And without security concerns for the first lady, seating will not be limited, the report says.

Maria Cristina González Noguera, Obama’s communications director, said the first lady wants everyone to have the opportunity to attend a graduation ceremony.

“Once we learned about the concerns of some students, we were eager to find a solution that enabled all of the students and their families to celebrate the special day,” she told the AP Thursday.

Read more at the Huffington Post.

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