Michelle Obama hosts college day with Janelle Monae, Ciara, Kelly Rowland

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PHILADELPHIA — Enormously popular former first lady Michelle Obama was the host of this year’s College Signing Day event at esteemed Temple University.

Former President Barack Obama’s wife founded the event in 2014 as part of her Reach Higher initiative, which encourages high school students to pursue higher education.

Obama captioned the photo shared with her 20M followers on Instagram: Happy College Signing Day!#BetterMakeRoom for the Class of 2022! 🙌🏾

Multiple celebrity friends and admirers of Obama came out for the event including Ciara, Bradley Cooper, Keke Palmer, Kelly Rowland, Zendaya, Janelle Monae, Robert DeNiro, Rebel Wilson, Jidenna, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and more.

Ciara and Kelly Rowland. Photo: [email protected]

On Wednesday, Obama personally talked to at least one student on Twitter, giving props to teen Destiny and saying, “College will open so many doors for you. Keep reaching higher and never give up!”

Model Karlie Kloss, who is dating Joshua Kushner, the brother of Donald Trump’s son-in-law and embattled adviser, Jared Kushner, was also front and center at the event.

Kloss tweeted out the above photo with Kelly Rowland and captioned it, “Backstage with the band.”

Obama has hosted past events in New York, Detroit and in San Antonio.

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Terry Shropshire
Terry Shropshire

A military veteran and Buckeye State native, I've written for the likes of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Business Chronicle and the Detroit Free Press. I'm a lover of words, photography, books, travel, animals and The Ohio State Buckeyes. #GoBucks

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