WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Michelle Obama’s commencement speaking schedule includes a stop just miles from the White House.

The White House announced Thursday that the first lady will address graduates at Bowie State University in Bowie on May 17. Bowie State, a historically black college, will hold its commencement ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Comcast Center in College Park.

“It is an extraordinary honor for Bowie State University and the Class of 2013 to welcome First Lady Michelle Obama as an honored guest at our Spring Commencement ceremony,” said Bowie State President Mickey L. Burnim. “She is an outstanding role model who will add even greater significance to this celebration of achievement for our graduates and their families.”

Mrs. Obama will address about 600 graduates and receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree during the ceremony, which the school said will be a ticketed event.

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It will be the first lady’s first trip to the Prince George’s County school. President Barack Obama has twice visited the Bowie State campus, once as a senator in 2006 and again as president in 2010.

The White House also announced that Mrs. Obama will address graduates at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond on May 11 and she’ll speak to graduating seniors at the Martin Luther King Academic Magnet High School for Health Sciences and Engineering in Nashville, Tenn., on May 18.

Eastern Kentucky was chosen for its commitment to veterans’ education. The MLK magnet school recently opened a community supported wellness center and students tend to a community garden. Veterans and health and wellness are causes of the first lady.

The magnet school has also been recognized for its curriculum and high graduation rate.

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