You’re ready for college, Michelle Obama told graduating seniors at Washington Math, Science and Technology Public Charter High School. She recalled her trepidation at going to Princeton.
. . . my parents hadn’t gone to college, so they couldn’t really tell me what to expect or how to prepare. And many of you may be in that situation, as well.
But here’s the thing. In the end, the good news is that none of that really mattered. It just really didn’t matter. My parents didn’t have to be lawyers or doctors or college graduates to help me succeed. I didn’t need that from my parents. What mattered was their love. What mattered was their encouragement and unconditional support. (Applause.) That’s all that mattered.
The school boasts a 98 percent graduation rate and the highest reading and math scores of any non-selective public school in D.C. Virtually all the students come from low-income black families.