Public invited to attend OSU commencement featuring First Lady

Public invited to attend OSU commencement featuring First Lady
First Lady Michelle Obama, flanked by Inglewood, Calif., Mayor James Butts, left, and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, gestures while speaking at the future site of a Northgate Market in Inglewood, Calif., Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. The event was held to showcase efforts being made to draw grocers to low-income neighborhoods. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Oregon State University is releasing 1,000 tickets to the general public for its commencement ceremony featuring a speech from Michelle Obama Sunday, June 17. She will be giving the commencement address for the graduating class of 2012. 

The First Lady is a national champion of promoting better childhood nutrition and healthier communities. In an interview about Michelle Obama attending the OSU commencement, OSU President Ed Ray said that the University and its students have a strong connection to fostering healthy communities and healthy lifestyle choices, including proper nutrition.

The university is releasing 1,000 tickets for the general public to attend the event on the OSU website. A maximum of two tickets can be reserved for a single person, tickets can be picked up on Tuesday, June 12, and Wednesday, June 13, from 4 to 6 p.m. at OSU's Reser Stadium.

The 143rd annual commencement ceremony is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at Reser Stadium.