Michelle Obama Through the Years

To commemorate her 50th birthday, The Root takes a look at some rarely seen photos from the first lady’s early years.

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Mandel Ngan/Getty Images

In honor of first lady Michelle Obama’s 50th birthday—she’ll be celebrating it at a White House bash this Saturday—The Root decided to take a look back at her early years.

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson was born on Jan. 17, 1964, in Chicago.

She was a student at Bryn Mawr Elementary School.

Here she is at Princeton University in 1983.

Michelle graduated from Princeton cum laude with a B.A. in sociology in 1985.