What’s a graduation without the First Lady? Well, the 2009 graduating classes of Washington Mathematics Science Technology Public Charter, in Washington D.C, and University of California, Merced don’t have to worry about such a void because Mrs. Michelle Obama will serve as the commencement speaker for both institutions’ ceremonies.

UC Merced, which was opened in 2005, also celebrates its first full senior graduating class. The college students took matters into their own hands  by penning letters to Mrs. Obama, her office, friends and family. She will address the student body, their families and faculty at the technical high school on June 3, and the university on May 16, 2009.