Michelle Obama Hosts College Signing Day Event With Ashley Graham, Bella Hadid and More -- See the Pics!
By Liz Calvario
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Turn down for Michelle Obama!
After a lengthy and relaxing vacation post-White House, the former First Lady returned to her philanthropic endeavors on Friday to host MTV's 2017 College Signing Day at the Public Theater in New York City.
The Princeton alumna kept it casual in light gray jeans, an over-sized cardigan and sneakers while showing off her university's mascot. Michelle, who also graduated from Harvard Law School, was accompanied by models Ashley Graham and Bella Hadid, Nick Cannon, Jaimie Alexander, Olivia Palmero, and The Roots musicians Black Thought and Questlove.
"Thank you Nick Cannon and so many others who supported College Signing Day. Barack Obama and I are so proud of each and every student who is aiming to reach higher," Obama wrote on Instagram, alongside one of the event's hashtags, #BetterMakeRoom.
Hadid, who attended Parsons the New School for Design, repped the school's logo in a casual tee. Meanwhile, Graham, who did not attend college, opted to sport her home state college, the University of Nebraska. Both ladies took the stage to address the students in the crowd.
Cannon took to social media to share a selfie with Michelle, calling her the "forever" First Lady. "So I don't know what y'all did this morning but I was kicking it with my Big Sister, the Queen..." he wrote. "The FOREVER First Lady Michelle Obama"
The MTV-hosted event encourages students as they make the commitment to continue their higher education after high school by attending a four-year university, community college, vocational or technical school, or by joining the military.
“One of the greatest honors of my life was serving as your first lady, and one of my greatest joys is hearing the stories of young people like you pursuing your dreams through education,” Obama said in a video announcement for the event. “I love hearing about how you’ve challenged yourself, how you’ve overcome obstacles. You are working to create a life that you can be proud of and I want you to know that I’m rooting for you every step of the way. Trust me, you’ve got this.”