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Michelle Obama Applauds Hokie Nation At Virginia Tech Commencement (VIDEO)

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First Lady Michelle Obama cheered graduates at Virginia Tech's commencement ceremony Friday, offering advice with a nod to the school's strength following violent events on campus.

"I know... I'm supposed to offer you all kinds of wisdom and advice and life lessons. But the truth is, like so many people across this country and around the world, I have been following the journey of this school," Obama said. "I have witnessed the strength and spirit of the Hokie Nation, and I think that you all already learned plenty of lessons here at Virginia Tech."

Obama recounted how, as a 26-year-old, both her father and a close friend died. She said that following intense grief she "came to realize that the best way for me to honor my dad's life was by how I lived my own life," said Obama.

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