Graduation Season: Who Gets the First Lady and Why?

Bowie State University, Maryland's oldest HBCU, is on this year's commencement-address list. 

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Michelle Obama attends a graduation in 2012. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

(The Root) -- It's spring, and that means first lady Michelle Obama is preparing to make the graduation rounds.

On the schedule this year: Commencement addresses at Eastern Kentucky University, the Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet High School for Health Sciences and Engineering at Historic Pearl High and HBCU Bowie State University.

According to the White House, the Eastern Kentucky appearance ties in with her Joining Forces initiative because of its outstanding record supporting veterans and military families; Bowie State is getting attention because it's Maryland's oldest historically black university; and she's focusing on MLK Magnet because it is consistently ranked among the best public schools in the nation for its academic rigor and high graduation rates.

Last year Mrs. Obama spoke at the commencements of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), North Carolina A&T State University and Oregon State University.

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