Michelle Obama Reaches Higher at UCLA
Former First Lady Michelle Obama is heading to UCLA in May to headline her annual celebration of all high school seniors and transfer students who commit to pursuing higher education. In 2014, FLOTUS44 launched Reach Higher -- a college access initiative which includes an annual College Signing Day. UCLA will be the first West Coast campus to host the May 1st festivities. She has previously held the event in New York, San Antonio, Philadelphia, and Detroit. The event will feature celebrities, athletes, and other performers, all of whom are coming out to recognize students’ academic achievements and to offer encouragement and guidance on how to make the most of their future educational opportunities. More than 9,000 California high school and community college students will be selected by their schools to attend the event at Pauley Pavilion. Thousands more students will participate in regional festivities at the University of California’s eight other undergraduate campuses. Last year’s event at Temple University in Philly featured Nick Cannon, Robert De Niro,Bradley Cooper, Zendaya, and Rebel Wilson. The LA event is sure to turn out more A-listers. Meanwhile, FLOTUS44 is getting her own hometown namesake. Obama’s alma mater Whitney Young Magnet High School will name its new $4.3 million athletic complex in May after the former First Lady, in what’s thought to be Chicago’s first public facility dedicated for an Obama. She didn’t play sports at Whitney Young -- biographer Peter Slevin wrote that she avoided team sports because she hates losing -- but she was on the school’s modern dance team. More here.