Michelle Obama Challenges George Washington Students

First lady says that if the students do 100,000 hours of community service, she'll speak at graduation.

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Michelle Obama likes to say that, in spite of her public obligations, she is first and foremost a parent. And like a mother coaxing a child to be good with the promise of a reward, the first lady has promised to speak at George Washington University's 2010 commencement ceremony if the GW community completes 100,000 hours of community service before the May ceremony, the GW Hatchet reports.

Activities like volunteerism, service learning, and federal work study will count toward the service goal. For GW students to complete Obama's challenge by next year's May 16 commencement ceremony, students will have to volunteer an average of 405 total hours per day, which breaks down to a perfectly reasonable 10 hours of service per undergrad over the course of the year.

Obama's announcement coincides with GW's Freshman Day of Service and the eighth anniversary of 9/11, which President Barack Obama declared a national day of service. Student Association President Julie Bindelglass said that she invited the first lady to the Freshman Day of Service over the summer, and when Obama said that she could not attend, the idea to propose the challenge emerged.

Last year, Michelle Obama spoke at commencement ceremonies for the University of California-Merced.

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