First Lady Michelle Obama visits Wayne State

DETROIT - First lady Michelle Obama talked to a rally of more than 2,000 Detroit high school students about the importance of committing to education beyond high school as part of her "Reach Higher" initiative.

Obama spoke to the group from more than 40 Detroit high schools Friday at the city's first college signing day, hosted by the Detroit College Access Network at Wayne State University. More than 600 such college signing events are planned around the country.

Obama told students that academic achievement should be just as celebrated as athletic accomplishments. She said every community should have a signing day celebrating the commitment to higher education.

The "Reach Higher" initiative started last year. The first lady attended a similar event last spring in San Antonio to kick off the program.

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