Michelle Obama at UC Merced
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Michelle Obama speaks at UC Merced

Michelle Obama at UC Merced
First Lady Michelle Obama, projected on a LED screen, gives the keynote speech for UC Merced’s first full graduating class, foreground, on May 16, 2009. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Obama and Kang
First Lady Michelle Obama receives a hug from UC Merced Chancellor Sung-Mo “Steve” Kang after he presented her with the Chancellor’s Medal after her keynote speech at UC Merced on May 16, 2009. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
UC Merced students
Students of the first full graduating class at UC Merced listen to speakers during commencement cermonies on May 16, 2009. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Boxes
Pia Matic, 30, left, and Christel Gellidonk, 24, try to stay cool under their makeshift hats before the start of commencement exercises at UC Merced on May 16, 2009. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Graduates
Students of the first full graduating class at UC Merced listen to speakers during commencement cermonies on May 16, 2009. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Crowd
Friends and family members watch as students in the first full graduating class at UC Merced participate in the processional at the start of their commencement ceremony on May 16, 2009. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
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