Celebrate College Signing Day With These 5 Inspirational Quotes From FLOTUS

On Tuesday, First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated College Signing Day — a special event hosted by the White House to commemorate high school graduates heading off to college.

While the First Lady will be hosting a college signing day event in New York City with more than 4,000 high school students, there will also be more than 1,000 other college signing events on Tuesday that encourage students to pursue higher education.

The First Lady's event on Tuesday incorporates her "Better Make Room" higher education awareness initiative targeting Generation Z, or young people ages 14 to 19. Students and alumni across the nation are also posting photos on social media sporting their college apparel and expressing their aspiration to reach higher using the hashtags: #CollegeSigning Day, #ReachHigher, #BetterMakeRoom, and #DreamBig.

We are celebrating the day with these five inspiring quotes from the First Lady's recent commencement speech given to graduates of Jackson State University in Mississippi, a historically black college.

1. "Graduates, I want you all to be excellent at everything you do — be an excellent boss; be an excellent employee; be an excellent parent, mentor, congregant, neighbor. Be excellent."

2. "I wish I could say otherwise, graduates, but the question isn't whether you're going to come face-to-face with these issues; the question is how you're going to respond when you do."

3. "We give 120 percent every single time, because excellence — excellence is the most powerful answer you can give to the doubters and the haters."

4. "So we've got to stand side by side with all our neighbors — straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender; Muslim, Jew, Christian, Hindu, immigrant, Native American — because the march for civil rights isn't just about African Americans, it's about all Americans."

5. "Graduates, I want you to choose a career that you believe in, something that doesn't just make money but that truly makes a difference for others. And I want you to do whatever you can to reach back and pull those who still are struggling with you."

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