2019 College Signing Day LIVE in LA with Michelle Obama

2019 College Signing Day LIVE in LA with Michelle Obama

September 1, 2019 10 By Stanley Isaacs


[ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ] ♪ [ MUSIC ] ♪ ♪ DRUMZ>>LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, FUTURE COLLEGIATES, AND ANYONE HERE BY MISTAKE, PLEASE GIVE A WARM RAISE-THE-ROOF WELCOME TO YOUR EMCEE, LALA ANTHONY AND LITTLE ROUND HILLARY!>>WHAT UP!>>YEAH, WHAT UP!>>WHAT’S UP! [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>OH, I LOVE IT.>>THIS IS GREAT. MAKE SOME NOISE, FUTURE LEADERS! [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>TODAY’S A SPECIAL DAY. WE HAVE SO MANY SURPRISES IN STORE FOR YOU TODAY. I WAS JUST BACKSTAGE. AND IT IS CRAZY.>>Y’ALL ARE IN FOR A REAL TREAT TODAY. IT’S SOME REAL SUPERSTARS HERE. BUT TO BE HONEST WITH YOU, Y’ALL THE SUPERSTARS TODAY. GIVE IT UP FOR YOURSELVES ONE MORE TIME! MAKE SOME NOISE! WHAT UP! [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>MY NAME IS LALA ANTHONY. I’M YOUR COEMCEE HERE IN LALA LAND. SAYING HELLO TO EVERYBODY. I TELL YOU, I FEEL LIKE I’M MORE EXCITED THAT HAPPEN YOU GUYS BECAUSE I KNOW WHAT’S GONNA HAPPEN TO TODAY. AND WE’RE ABOUT TO TURN IT ALL THE WAY UP.>>AND I’M YOUR OTHER COHOST, THIS IS SO EXCITED. ARE YOU Y’ALL READY TO KICK THIS UP? YOU KNOW WHY YOU’RE HERE? DO YOU KNOW WHY YOU’RE HERE? JUST TO REMIND YOU, WE’RE ALL HERE TODAY BECAUSE OF YOU AND OUR FOREVER FIRST LADY, MICHELLE OBAMA! [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>THAT’S RIGHT. WE’RE HERE FOR A RETIRE AND BETTERMENT GROUP CAMPAIGN. WE’RE PROUD TO BE HERE. BECAUSE WE BELIEVE IN ALL OF Y’ALL, AND WHAT YOU’RE DOING FOR YOURSELVES AND YOUR COMMUNE. WE’RE HERE TO CELEBRATE YOU REACHING HIGHER. SO MAKE SOME NOISE AGAIN, WE’RE CELEBRATING YOU!>>ALL RIGHT, GUYS. AND WE CANNOT FORGET TO POST OUR SELFIES BECAUSE SELFIES ARE REALLY IMPORTANT. POST YOUR SELFIES, #COLLEGESIGNINGDAY. AND #BETTERMAKEROOM. YOU’VE EARNED IT. WE’RE CLOSE TO GETTING STARTED.>>REAL QUICK, I WANT TO DO AN ENERGY CHECK. WHEN I SAY REACH, I NEED Y’ALL TO SAY HIGHER. GOT THAT? REACH! REACH! REACH!>>THAT’S GOOD. WHEN I SAY COLLEGE, YOU SAY SIGNING DAY. COLLEGE!>>SIGNING DAY!>>THAT’S RIGHT. LOOK THIS ONE’S GONNA BE A LITTLE HARDER. WHEN I SAY INVESTMENT, YOU’RE GONNA SEE HIGHER EDUCATION, AND THE ASSURANCE THAT YOU CAN DO ANYTHING YOU WANT TO DO, BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. IF YOU NEED SOMEBODY, JUST ASK SOMEBODY, GO!>>I GOT ONE FOR YOU.>>I TRIED. WE’RE GONNA HAVE A LOT OF FUN TODAY. Y’ALL CAN WORK ON THAT OVER THE SUMMER. ARE YOU Y’ALL READY TO GET THIS STARTED? MAKE SOME NOISE! [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>ALL RIGHT, SO WE HAVE SO MANY INCREDIBLE GUESTS HERE WITH US TODAY. HONESTLY, PROBABLY TOO MANY. WE SAW EVERYBODY BACK THERE. BUT THAT’S BECAUSE EVERYONE HERE IS SO PROUD YOU HAVE TODAY. AND WHAT YOU GUYS WILL ACCOMPLISH. WE DON’T TAKE THIS LIGHTLY. WE WANT TO CELEBRATE. WE WANT TO LET YOU GUYS KNOW HOW PROUD WE ARE OF YOU GUYS. SO I’M GONNA BRING OUT OUR FIRST GUEST.>>ARE YOU READY? ARE YOU READY FOR HIM TO COME OUT?>>THIS IS A MAJOR FIRST GUEST, LIKE, NEXT-LEVEL FIRST GUEST. A MEGASTAR. A SUPERSTAR. Y’ALL GIVE IT UP FOR ADELE! [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ] ♪ [ MUSIC ] ♪ ♪>>HOW Y’ALL DOING? [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>LOOK AT THIS. LOOK AT THIS. HI. SO LISTEN, THIS’LL BE THE FIFTH YEAR THAT I’VE BEEN ABLE TO BE SUPPORTED OF COLLEGE SIGNING DAY. AND SO HAPPY AND EXCITED FOR EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU. Y’ALL MAKE SOME NOISE FOR YOURSELVES ONE TIME. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>REALLY. I DIDN’T HAVE TO BE HERE TODAY. I COULD HAVE BEEN ANYWHERE. I COULD HAVE BEEN IN CAMBODIA, I COULD HAVE BEEN IN BERLIN. BUT, BUT, I DECIDED TO COME HERE BECAUSE I WANTED TO CELEBRATE WITH YOU GUYS. CELEBRATE THE BEGINNING OF THE REST OF YOUR LIVES. I UNDERSTAND THE PRESSURES THAT COME WITH MAKING THAT STEP. IT’S AWKWARD. IT’S ODD. IT’S, LIKE, MAN, I’M GONNA MEET NEW PEOPLE. I’M GONNA HAVE NEW EXPERIENCES. I’M GONNA TRAVEL AWAY FROM MY COMFORT ZONE OF BEING WITH MY PARENTS AND MY FRIENDS AND MY FAMILY. BUT LISTEN, IT’S WORTH THE WHILE. IT’S WORTH EVERY BIT OF THE STEP THAT IT TAKES. IF YOU TABLE IN YOUR FUTURE, NO ONE ELSE WILL. IF YOU GO, I WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU GUYS FIND YOUR SPARK. THAT BEING SAID, I WANT YOU TO GIVE A WARM ROUND OF APPLAUSE. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>HI, GUYS. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ] ♪ ♪ [ MUSIC ] ♪ ♪ ♪ [ MUSIC ] ♪ ♪ ♪ [ MUSIC ] ♪ ♪ ♪ [ MUSIC ] ♪ ♪ ♪ [ MUSIC ] ♪ ♪ ♪ [ MUSIC ] ♪ ♪ [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ] ♪ ♪ [ MUSIC ] ♪ ♪>>THANK YOU SO MUCH! [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>GO TO COLLEGE! [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ] [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>MAKE SOME NOISE! [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>MAKE SOME NOISE! [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>IT’S CRAZY HERE.>>IT’S PACKED.>>I’D LIKE TO WELCOME SOME MORE SPECIAL GUESTS TO THE STAGE. GIVE IT UP FOR TB SUPERHEROES!>>GIVE IT UP! [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>WHAT’S GOING ON, COLLEGE SIGNING DAY! YEAH!>>WOW.>>THAT WAS A KICK TO THE FACE, WHAT IS UP! THAT IS INSANE. YOU GUYS HAVING AN AMAZING TIME? [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>SO EXCITING. SO LOOK, IN ALL HONESTY, WE MAY PLAY SUPERHEROES, BUT YOU ALL ARE THE REAL SUPER HEROES. IT’S YOU. TRULY. GIVE YOURSELVES A ROUND OF APPLAUSE. AND THERE’S A REASON THAT SOUNDS CORNY. BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, IT IS. BUT IT’S ALSO TRUE. CORN IS TRUTH. THEY WROTE THAT FOR ME.>>GOING TO COLLEGE IS A LOT LIKE FIGHTING CRIME. YOU STAY OUT LATE, YOU WEAR TERRIBLE CLOTHE THAT YOU’RE GONNA REGRET. AND YOU GET ALL YOUR INSTRUCTIONS FROM THIS MYSTERIOUS PERSON CALLED THE PROFESSOR.>>YOU MIGHT REMEMBER SOMEONE IN A SUPER HERO MOVIE ONCE SAYING WITH GREAT POWER COMES GREAT RESPONSIBILITY. ABSOLUTELY. ABSOLUTELY. I THINK THE GUY THAT SAID THAT IS DEAD NOW.>>BUT I DID HEAR HE HAD A NEPHEW WHO WENT TO COLLEGE. AND NOW HE’S A REALLY SUCCESSFUL PHOTO JOURNALIST. IT’S REALLY NOT ALL BAD. WE ARE SO EXCITED FOR YOU GUYS TO FIND YOUR SUPERPOWEROS. . AND HOPEFULLY YOU’LL BE ABLE TO FIND YOURSELF A LEATHER SUIT THAT DOESN’T CHAFE LIKE OURS, BECAUSE THAT REALLY SUCKS. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVING US. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>COME ON, SUPER HEROES, ONE MORE TIME! [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>WHAT DO YOU GOT NEXT?>>NEXT UP, WE GOT SOME WNBA SUPERSTARS. GIVE IT UP FOR THE L.A. LAKERS! SOME LAKERS IN THE BUILDING TOO. AND ONE OF MY FAVORITE SPORTS JOURNALISTS, GIVE IT UP GUYS!>>MAKE SOME NOISE! [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>I NEED ALL OF MY STUDENT ATHLETES TO STAND UP! COME ON! WE WANT TO BE HONEST WITH YOU. WE’RE WINGING IT OUT HERE TODAY. AND WE’RE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT EVERYTHING WE’RE DOING. GIVE YOURSELVES A ROUND OF APPLAUSE. CAN YOU DO THAT FOR US? [ APPLAUSE ]>>A LITTLE LOUDER. THIS IS A BIG DAY. IT’S COLLEGE SIGNING DAY! [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>I THINK WE KNOW MORE THAN EVERYONE ELSE THAT BALANCING ATHLETICS AND EDUCATION IS TOUGH. SO TO DEMONSTRATE THAT, WE’VE INVITED A STUDENT ATHLETE TO GET A HEAD-START. WHAT DO YOU THINK?>>YEAH!>>BRING HIM OUT.>>SAY HELLO TO THE CREW.>>HE LOOKS LIKE HE’S ABOUT TO CRUSH THIS. WE GOTTA EXPLAIN WHAT HE’S DOING.>>YOU CAN’T LOOK.>>SIT DOWN HERE FOR JUST A SECOND. AND TELL HER HOW THE GAME GOES.>>WHAT WE’RE GONNA DO HERE, YOU HAVE SOME STUDENT ATHLETES, YOU HAVE TO CHALLENGE YOURSELF IN SCHOOL AND ON THE COURT, ON THE FIELD. EVERYTHING THAT YOU’RE DOING KIND OF COMES TOGETHER. SO YOU’RE GONNA HAVE ONE MINUTE TO RUN THROUGH, BACK AND FORTH, AND ANSWER AS MANY MATH QUESTIONS AS YOU CAN.>>STOP LOOKING, STOP LOOKING.>>CARRY THE ONE.>>AND YOU’RE ALSO GOING TO HAVE TO DUNK AS MANY BASKETBALLS AS YOU CAN. OKAY? YOU THINK YOU CAN DO THAT? YOU COULD DUNK! LOOK AT THAT. COME ON, MAN.>>YOU COULD DEFINITELY DUNK THIS.>>ARE YOU GOOD AT MATH?>>I’M BAD AT MATH TOO. [ LAUGHTER ]>>WE’RE HERE TO TELL EVERYBODY YOU CAN DO BOTH, RIGHT?>>YOU GOT IT.>>WHAT’S YOUR NAME?>>WHEW!>>AND WHY DON’T YOU LET EVERYBODY KNOW WHERE YOU’RE GOING TO COLLEGE NEXT YEAR.>>I’LL BE ATTENDING UNLV.>>SO WE GOT YOU DOING MATH AND BASKETBALL. ANY OTHER SPORTS YOU PLAY?>>JUST FOOTBALL.>>FOR FOOTBALL, GIVE IT UP FOR HIM! [ APPLAUSE ]>>WE’RE ALSO GONNA HAVE SOME LIVE COMMENTARY, OF COURSE, FROM THE ONE AND ONLY ADAM RAPON.>>ADAM! [ APPLAUSE ]>>WHAT’S UP, EVERYBODY?>>MY QUALIFICATIONS TO JUDGE THIS ARE NONE. I DON’T KNOW MUCH ABOUT MATH AND I KNOW LESS ABOUT BASKETBALL, SO I FEEL VERY READY. [ LAUGHTER ]>>ADAM, THE QUALIFICATIONS ARE NONE. YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT MATH. YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT BASKETBALL.>>BUT I’M JUDGING BECAUSE I GOT A LOT OF HEART!>>HE’S GOT HEART, GUYS. THAT’S COLLEGE, RIGHT THERE.>>YOU READY?>>READY?>>ONE, TWO, THREE, GO!>>OKAY.>>LET’S DO IT.>>SO MANY NUMBERS. GOOD.>>WE’RE DOING IT.>>THAT’S ONE.>>POSITION THE HOOP. YOU GOTTA DO ALL OF THEM. 12 MITUS 6. 6.>>WOW, WOW!>>I’VE NEVER SEEN MUCH SPEED!>>FIVE MINUS TWO, YOU GOT THIS QUICK!>>>>IT’S COLLEGE, COME ON!>>GO AHEAD!>>LET’S GET TO THE DUNKING!>>GET THE DUNK GOING!>>SHOW YOUR WORK! [ LAUGHTER ]>>YEAH!>>OKAY.>>OKAY.>>GET SOME DUNKS IN. GET SOME DUNKS IN.>>SOME TRICK SHOTS.>>CHEER HIM ON! [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>OH, NO! [ GROANING ]>>WE NEED SOMEONE TO SHAG THESE BALLS. ALL RIGHT, FIRST OF ALL, GIVE IT UP FOR HIM, I DON’T KNOW MATH BUT I THINK EVERY ONE OF THESE MATH PROBLEMS ARE CORRECT! GIVE IT UP! [ APPLAUSE ]>>AND YOU CAN DUNK WELL. YOU CAN BE A DUKE ATHLETE, YOU CAN BE SMART, EDUCATED, AND YOU CAN BALL LIKE MY FRIENDS UP HERE. YOU GUYS KNOW CANDACE PARKER? [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>THESE LADIES WERE A PART OF THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM THAT BROUGHT THE ONLY CHAMPIONSHIP TO L.A. IN THE LAST HOW MANY YEARS? A FEW.>>IT’S BEEN A MINUTE!>>GIVE IT UP FOR THE SPARKS, LADIES, AND GENTLEMEN! [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>MORE IMPORTANTLY, GIVE IT UP FOR OUR STUDENT ATHLETES. WE APPRECIATE IT. THANK YOU!>>THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU, GUYS!>>THANK Y’ALL. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>ARE WE HAVING FUN YET! [ APPLAUSE ]>>WHEN YOU POST ON INSTAGRAM, USE THE #COLLEGESIGNINGDAY, AND #BETTERMAKEROOM.>>WE NEED ANOTHER ENERGY CHECK. ONE MORE TIME, Y’ALL! WHEN I SAY COLLEGE! NO, THAT’S NOT IT. NO, I’M JOKING. YOU SAY SIGNING DAY! COLLEGE!>>SIGNING DAY!>>COLLEGE!>>SIGNING DAY!>>LET’S DO IT, WHO’S NEXT!>>COMING UP NEXT, PLEASE WELCOME TO THE STAGE, ACTOR SOPHIA CARSON, ALICIA BWE.>>MAKE SOME NOISE! [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>WHAT’S UP, GUYS! HELLO!>>WHAT’S UP!>>OKAY. CAN THEY HEAR ME? OKAY! L.A., WE HAVE A HUGE FAVOR TO ASK YOU. ARE YOU LISTENING? OKAY. WE WANT TO DO A VIDEO FOR MRS. OBAMA, AND WE’RE GONNA NEED YOUR HELP. SO EVERYONE ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE ARENA IS GONNA SAY COLLEGE. EVERYONE IN THE MIDDLE IS GONNA SAY SIGNING. AND EVERYONE ON THE RIGHT IS GONNA SAY DAY. ARE YOU READY FOR THIS? OKAY? READY, ONE, 2, THREE!>>SLEDGE!>>SIGNING!>>DAY! [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>DID YOU FILM IT? FABULOUS IF WE DIDN’T RECORD IT. ALL RIGHT. SHAWE SAY THE WORDS NOW?>>ALL RIGHT. SO YOU STUDENTS ARE CARRYING US INTO THE FUTURE.>>BUT YOU ALSO HAVE THINGS TO CARRY. DID YOU WRITE THAT?>>OH, GOD, NO.>>THAT IS WHY WE HAVE PARTNERED WITH.>>INSPIRED BY YOUNG PEOPLE, TAKING CONTROL OF THEIR FUTURE, AND PURSUING HIGHER EDUCATION. TODAY THEY WOULD LIKE TO CELEBRATE WITH A SPECIAL GIFT TO GET YOU READY FOR YOUR FIRST YEAR IN COLLEGE. SO WE ARE GOING TO BE GIVING AWAY 3,000 LEATHER BACKPACKS. [ APPLAUSE ]>>I’M SORRY, I KNOW, I’M SUCH A BUMMER. BUT IT’S ACTUALLY THREE. JUST THREE BACKPACKS.>>THAT THING SAYS IT’S 3,000.>>I KNOW, I’M SORRY. IT’S THREE. BUT THE THREE BACKPACKS COST $1,000. SO IT’S PRETTY SICK.>>THAT’S MY MISTAKE. I’M REALLY SORRY ABOUT THAT, GUYS. WELL, IT IS TIME TO GIVE THEM AWAY TO THREE LUCKY STUDENTS. BUT REMEMBER, YOU GUYS, NO MATTER WHO GETS THESE, YOU ARE ALL CARRYING US INTO THE FUTURE>>OH, GOD, THAT LINE AGAIN!>>IT’S A GREAT LINE.>>ARE WE READY TO HEAR THE WINNERS? YES? [ APPLAUSE ]>>FIRST WINNER, SECTION 111. ROW 12. SEAT 18!>>WHO IS IT?>>JUMP UP AND DOWN.>>I HAVE NO IDEA WHERE THAT IS.>>SECTION 111.>>WHICH ONE’S SECTION 111?>>DO WE GOT A WINNER? JUMP UP AND DOWN! ALL RIGHT WE FOUND ‘EM! YOU WON A BACKPACK!>>NEXT WINNER, ARE YOU READY? SECTION 106. ROW 4. SEAT 7.>>CHEESH REALLY LOUDLY.>>CHEER REALLY LOUDLY. IS IT YOU? OH.>>HEY, GUYS, WHAT’S UP? OH, WAIT. NOW I DON’T KNOW WHO THE WINNER IS.>>WE GOT HER.>>YOU LOOK SO PRETTY UP THERE!>>AMAZING.>>YEAH!>>OKAY. LAST ONE, READY? SECTION 102. ROW 12. SEAT 3.>>THEY’RE NOT HERE.>>READY? YES? JUMP UP AND DOWN. CHEER REALLY LOUDLY.>>I FEEL LIKE THEY’RE ALL LOOKING OVER HERE.>>WE GOT IT! [ APPLAUSE ]>>YES! CONGRATULATIONS, GUYS. ON YOUR NEW BACKPACKS. THANKS TO CHENOLA.>>YOU ARE TRULY CARRYING US INTO THE FUTURE. WE KNOW THE LINE! ALL RIGHT, GUYS, CONGRATULATIONS. YOUR EDUCATION IS WORTH IT.>>WOO! [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>YEAH! WE GOT A TON OF SPECIAL GUESTS, OKAY?>>GUYS.>>THIS NEXT SPECIAL GUEST, I’M GONNA GIVE YOU A LITTLE HINT BEFORE SHE TELL YOU WHO IT IS. ♪ ♪ [ SINGING ] ♪ ♪ ♪ ALL OF YOU — ♪ [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>ONE OF MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE PEOPLE, ONE OF MY FAVORITE SINGERS. HIS VOICE IS LIKE NO OTHER. JOHN LEGEND. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>WHAT’S UP! [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>YOU GUYS ARE MAKING ME FEEL SO COOL RIGHT NOW.>>I ALSO WANT TO THANK OUR FIRST LADY. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>MRS. OBAMA. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>I WANT TO THANK HER FOR INVITING ME, BUT ALSO FOR CONVENING US ALL TOGETHER, AND COMMITTING TO PROMOTING EDUCATION. [ APPLAUSE ]>>HER OWN STORY AND LIFE ARE AN INSPIRATION TO US. AND I’M SO GLAD ALL OF YOU HAVE DECIDED TO REACH HIGHER. YES! GOT TO REACH HIGHER. THANK YOU TO UCLA AND THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA. FOR HAVING US HERE. IT’S A PLEASURE TO BE HERE BECAUSE THIS ISSUE IS REALLY CLOSE TO MY HEART. I REALLY CARE ABOUT INCREASING ACCESS TO AND EQUITY IN EDUCATION. AMERICA CAN’T BE THE LAND OF OPPORTUNITY UNLESS WE MAKE SURE OUR YOUNG PEOPLE, NO MATTER WHERE THEY COME FROM, NO MATTER HOW MUCH MONEY THEIR PARENTS MAKE, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE A CHANCE TO GET A QUALITY EDUCATION. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>YES. I GREW UP IN A SMALL TOWN. I’M VERY FAR FROM HOME. I GREW UP IN A PLACE CALLED SPRINGFIELD, OHIO. YEAH! MY DAD WAS A FACTORY WORKER. MY MOM STAYED AT HOME WITH US. AND THEY DIDN’T GRADUATE FROM COLLEGE. BUT THEY ALWAYS LOOKED AT EDUCATION AS A PRIORITY FOR US. AND THEY EVEN TAUGHT US AT HOME SOME OF THE TIME BECAUSE THEY WANTED TO TAKE CONTROL OF OUR EDUCATION FOR A FEW YEARS. AND THEY TAUGHT US MORE THAN ACADEMICS. THEY TAUGHTS THAT WE HAD TO HAVE HIGH CHARACTER AND WE HAD TO BE ACTIVE MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY. THEY TAUGHT US THAT SUCCESS WASN’T JUST ABOUT MAKING MONEY. IT WAS ABOUT DOING WHAT YOU LOVE, BUT ALSO SPREADING THAT LOVE TO OTHER PEOPLE AND HELPING OTHER PEOPLE. YES. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>WE HAD TOUGH TIMES. THINGS TOOK A TURN WHEN I WAS TEN YEARS OLD. MY GRANDMOTHER DIED, MY FAMILY BROKE APART, MY MOTHER GOT DEPRESSED. AND I WAS SO CONFUSED, I WAS UPSET. BUT I KEPT STUDYING. I KEPT WORKING. AND I HAD PEOPLE IN MY LIFE THAT REALLY HELPED ME ALONG THE WAY. AND SOMEHOW, DESPITE EVERYTHING THAT WAS GOING ON, I GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL. I WAS NO. 2 IN MY CLASS. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>AND I WENT TO THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA! [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>THROUGH MY CAREER, AND MY NONPROFIT WORK, I AIM TO CELEBRATE TEACHERS BECAUSE I KNOW FROM MY OWN EXPERIENCE HOW IMPORTANT THEY CAN BE. THEY HAD THE UNIQUE POWER TO CHANGE STUDENTS’ LIVES, TO HELP THEM DISCOVER THEIR STRENGTHS, TO UNLOCK THEIR IMAGINATION. AND I HAD SOME INCREDIBLE TEACHERS AND COUNSELORS WHO BELIEVED IN ME WHETHER I DIDN’T. WHO HELPED ME PREPARE FOR COLLEGE WHEN I DIDN’T HAVE PARENTS THAT KNEW HOW TO PREPARE ME. SO ONE OF THE WAYS THAT WE SUPPORT TEACHERS IS THROUGH AN INITIATIVE WE STARTED AT THE “SHOW ME CAMPAIGN” IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE NATIONAL WRITING PROJECT. IT’S CALLED LRNG INO HAVE A SEATERS. AND INNOVATORS. AND WE CREATE LEARNING EXPERIENCES THAT REALLY MAKE KIDS PASSIONATE ABOUT LEARNING. AND WE’RE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THAT OUR FOURTH CHALLENGE WINNER NEXT WEEK IS GONNA BE ANNOUNCED. AND WE’RE GONNA CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THESE TEACHERS WHO ARE REALLY MAKING THE CLASSROOM A LOT BETTER FOR SO MANY YOUNG PEOPLE. AND INSPIRING PEOPLE LIKE YOU TO REACH HIGHER. IT’S SUCH AN HONOR TO BE WITH Y’ALL TODAY, TO CONGRATULATE YOU ON ALL OF YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS. AND I STAND BEFORE YOU NOT ONLY TO PRAISE YOU ON YOUR SUCCESSES, WHICH ARE WELL-DESERVED, BUT TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO KEEP GOING. KEEP REACHING HIGHER. THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING. IT’S NOT THE END. YOUR MISSION, AS YOU CONTINUE YOUR EDUCATION, ISN’T JUST TO ADD A CREDENTIAL TO YOUR RESUME. YOU’RE NOT JUST DOING THIS SO YOU CAN COLLECT A PIECE OF PAPER TLAL MAKE IT EASIER IF, THAT’LL MAKE IT EASIER FOR TO YOU GET A JOB. EXPAND YOUR MIND WHILE YOU’RE IN COLLEGE. MEET NEW PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD. QUESTION YOUR ASSUMPTIONS. SEARCH FOR THE TRUTH. CHALLENGE YOURSELF! THINK ABOUT HOW YOU CAN USE YOUR EDUCATION TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>NOW, THE IRONY OF A BUNCH OF HOLLYWOOD CELEBRITIES COMING UP HERE TELLING YOU TO MAKE THE MOST OF COLLEGE IS THAT A LOT OF US DIDN’T GRADUATE FROM COLLEGE. BECAUSE WE DON’T NEED TO DO OUR JOBS. BUT IT’S CLEAR THAT GETTING YOUR EDUCATION IS GONNA BE IMPORTANT FOR MOST OF THE JOBS THAT YOU ALL WANT TO DO IN THE REST OF YOUR LIVES. AND NOT ONLY WILL YOU LEARN REALLY IMPORTANT THINGS, BUT YOU’LL MEET REALLY IMPORTANT PEOPLE THAT CAN OPEN YOUR MIND. AND I WENT TO SCHOOL NOT BECAUSE I NEEDED TO DO IT TO BECOME A MUSICIAN. BUT WHEN I GOT THERE, I MET SO MANY INTERESTING PEOPLE, IT CHANGED MY LIFE. AND I DON’T THINK I WOULD BE HERE TODAY AS AN ARTIST, AS A PERFORMER, AS A LEADER IF I DIDN’T GO TO THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA. AND I’M SO GRATEFUL FOR THAT EXPERIENCE. [ APPLAUSE ]>>AND I WANT TO CONGRATULATE EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU ON THIS NEW BEGINNING. GO OUT THERE, REACH HIGHER. CHANGE THE WORLD. MAKE IT A BETTER PLACE. I LOVE YOU GUYS. GOD BLESS. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>JOHN LEGEND, Y’ALL! [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>ALL RIGHT, GUYS. SO HERE’S WHAT WE WANT TO YOU DO. ON THE DOWN OF THREE, WE WANT EVERYBODY TO SHOUT OUT THE COLLEGE THEY ARE REPRESENTING. ONE, TWO, THREE! [ CROWD NOISE ]>>LOVE THAT.>>THAT’S CRAZY.>>NOW SHOUT OUT ALL THE ATHLETES IN THE BUILDING AND ALL OUR FUTURE PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES IN THE BUILDING. WE AS WELL SOME NFL PLAYERS HERE TODAY.>>THAT’S RIGHT, Y’ALL. COME UP TO THE STAGE. ANTOINE BOLDEN, DEMARIO DAVE, AND JOSH NORMAN, YOU GUY, MAKE SOME NOISE! [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>HOW Y’ALL DOING?>>WHAT’S GOING ON OUT HERE?>>IT SEEMS LIKE TIME FLIES, MAN. IT PROBABLY SEEMS LIKE JUST YESTERDAY YOU GUYS WERE GETTING DROPPED OFF AT KININ. NOW YOU ALL ARE HEADING OFF TO COLLEGE. SO CONGRATULATIONS.>>BIG-TIME, BIG-TIME, MAN. WE’RE GLAD TO BE HERE. I KNOW YOU GUYS ARE. I KNOW I AM. LET’S HEAR IT, MAN! WHAT’S UP! LET’S GO! [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>ANY PEOPLE SIGNED UP TO GO TO THE MILITARY? IF YOU SIGNED UP TO GO TO THE MILITARY, STAND UP.>>LET’S GO, LET’S GO!>>AS A MILITARY CHILD, THIS IS VERY BIG.>>I SEE, YOU I SEE YOU.>>WHAT YOU GUYS DOING IS KEY TO THE FABRIC OF OUR COUNTRY. LET’S MAKE MORE NOISE FOR OUR FUTURE MILITARY SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>ALL OF YOU GUYS THAT ARE CONTINUING YOUR EDUCATION, YOU GUYS ARE THE REAL HEROES. WE WANT TO APPRECIATE YOU GUYS AND CELEBRATE YOU GUYS. THIS IS YOUR DAY. YOU GUYS ARE A HUGE ASSET TO YOUR COMMUNITY.>>WE ARE PROUD OF YOU GUYS. CAN’T WAIT TO SEE WHAT YOU GUYS HAVE ON THE GRIDIRON!>>THEY’RE GOING TO COLLEGE, NOT THE NFL.>>I’M SORRY. YOU JUST CRUSHED THESE PEOPLE DREAMS IN HERE. ARE YOU SURE ABOUT THAT?>>WE MIGHT HAVE A COUPLE THAT MAY BE GOING TO THE NFL. BUT FOR THE MOST PART –>>THAT’S ICE-COLD.>>THERE WE GO! WE GOT ‘EM IN HERE! [ GROANING ]>>REAL THOUGHT, REAL THOUGHT. [ LAUGHTER ]>>YOU GUYS, THIS IS YOUR MOMENT. THIS IS YOUR TIME. WE HEAR FOR YOU. YOU’RE THE FUTURE. YOU ARE THE WORLD CHANGE THAT THE WORLD HAS BEEN WAITING FOR. THIS IS YOUR MOMENT. SO MAKE SOME NOISE FOR YOURSELVES.>>LET’S HEAR IT, COME ON! [ APPLAUSE ]>>ALL RIGHT, GUYS. KEEP GOING! BE SPECIAL.>>MAKE SOME NOISE FOR THEM ONE MORE TIME! GIVE ‘EM SOME LOVE! [ APPLAUSE ]>>I TOLD Y’ALL WE GOT CRAZY SPECIAL GUESTS IN THE BUILDING. THESE NEXT TWO I’M BRINGING UP TO THE STAGE, I DON’T KNOW IF YOU EVER SAW THE SHOW EQUAL BILLY ON THE STREET.” THIS DUDE IS HISTORICAL. MR. DON CHEADLE, Y’ALL! [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>WHOA! A LOT OF PEOPLE.>>WOW. HEY, GUYS. HEY, GUYS, I’M BILLY. I JUST WANT TO SAY CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE GOING TO COLLEGE. COLLEGE WAS THE BEST EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE OF THE IT’S WHERE I BECAME. AND I DON’T KNOW IF YOU GUYS AGREE WITH ME, BUT WE NEED SMART, INTELLIGENT, COMPASSIONATE, DIVERSE PEOPLE RUNNING THIS COUNTRY! [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>AND RUNNING OUR WORLD. AND YOU’RE IT. YOU’RE THE FUTURE. SAY HELLO TO MY FRIEND, DON CHEADLE! [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>WHAT’S UP, Y’ALL! WOW. LET ME TELL YOU, I REMEMBER WHEN I CHOSE THE SCHOOL THEY WAS GONNA GO TO. I WENT TO CALIFORNIA SCHOOL OF THE ARTS. I SPENT FOUR 3S THERE. IT WAS A GREAT TIME. THE BEST TIME I’VE HAD IN MY LIFE. AND IT’S WONDERFUL TO LOOK OUT HERE AND SEE ALL OF YOU GUYS. GIVE YOURSELVES A ROUND OF APPLAUSE, PLEASE. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>IT’S AMAZING THAT YOU ARE HERE, IT IS AMAZING THAT YOU HAVE TAKEN ON, AS BILLY HAS SAID, MANTLE OF MOVING FORWARD AND PUTTING US ON THE RIGHT FOOT WHERE WE NEED TO BE. AND WE’RE DRAFTING YOU NOW. AND WE APPRECIATE YOU. AND I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU GUYS FOR SHOWING UP AND BEING BEAUTIFUL. AND KEEP GOING, Y’ALL. KEEP GOING. [ APPLAUSE ]>>THANK YOU, GUYS!>>MAKE SOME NOISE, ONE MORE TIME!>>I’M SUPER EXCITED ABOUT THIS NEXT GROUP. MY BEST FRIEND IS IN THIS NEXT GROUP. GIVE IT UP FOR MUSICAL ARTIST, KELLY ROLLAND, GIVE IT UP! [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>HELLO, HELLO. STUDENT, STAND UP. A VOICE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD. AND COLLEGE IS WHERE YOU CAN EXPERIMENT WITH AND DISCOVER YOUR VOICE.>>SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO LOOK HIGH AND LOW, LEFT AND RIGHT. FAR AND NEAR. BUT FINDING YOUR VOICE IS A SEARCH THAT IS TOO IMPORTANT NOT TO TRY.>>AND IT’S IMPORTANT THAT ONCE YOU FIND IT — [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>YOU EMBRACE IT. THE NEXT FEW YEARS WILL BE CRUCIAL IN FINDING YOUR VOICE. IT’LL BE EXCITING. IT’LL BE SCARY, BUT IN THE END, IT’LL BE WORTH IT.>>WHETHER YOU’RE GOING TO A FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE, TWO-YEAR COLLEGE, COMMUNITY COLLEGE, THE MILITARY OR ANY HIGHER EDUCATION, WE’RE SO PROUD OF YOU FOR TAKING THIS STEP TO FIND YOUR OWN VOICE.>>THERE’S NOTHING MORE IMPORTANT THAN FINDING YOUR VOICE. I CAN’T WAIT FOR YOU ALL TO FIND YOURS. GOOD LUCK, EVERYBODY. AND HAVE A GOOD TIME.>>CONGRATULATIONS!>>CONGRATULATIONS! [ APPLAUSE ]>>NEXT UP, WE ALL LOVE THE INTERNET, WE ALL LOVE BEING ON THE INTERNET.>>[ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>HELLO, HELLO, HELLO!>>HELLO, UCLA!>>GO BERKELEY!>>>I WANT TO TAKE A SELFIE WENCH.>>GIVE US YOUR BEST, HAPPIEST, COLLEGE SIGNING DAY. WOW.>>AND USE #COLLEGESIGNINGDAY, AND #BETTERMAKEROOM.>>OKAY. SO I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU GUY. BUT WHEN I GET GOOD NEWS, I DO A HAPPY DANCE. THIS IS WHAT IT LOOK LIKE.>>I LIKE THAT.>>YES. Y’ALL KNOW I LIVE FOR A GOOD HAPPY DANCE.>>NOW IT’S MY TIME. LET ME SHOW YOU GUYS WHAT MY HAPPY DANCE LOOKS LIKE. COVER YOUR EYES.>>CONGRATULATIONS EVERYBODY! WE LOVE YOU ALL. HAVE AN AMAZING DAY! [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>MAKE SOME NOISE! [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>ALL RIGHT, Y’ALL. WE GOT SOME MORE SURPRISES COMING UP. ONE OF MY FAVORITE SHOWS. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ] [ CROWD NOISE ] [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ] ♪ [ MUSIC ] ♪ ♪>>I AM STRONG.>>HELLO!>>MY NAME IS KIAH WEB, A MCDONALD’S FRANCHISEE WITH 16 RESTAURANTS FROM SAN BERNARDINO TO BALDWIN PARK, CALIFORNIA. [ APPLAUSE ]>>WHAT YOU JUST SAW ON THE VIDEO REPRESENTS OUR COMMITMENT TO UPLIFT COMMUNITIES THROUGH EDUCATION, EMPOWERMENT, AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP. IN ORDER TO INSPIRE YOU, YES, IN ORDE INSPIRE YOU AND CELEBRATE YOU. WE ARE SO PROUD OF ALL OF YOU WHO ARE HERE AND THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE WATCHING AS WELL. IT IS YOUR PASSION AND YOUR ENERGY, YOUR DRIVE THAT HAS BROUGHT YOU TO THIS POINT. AND WE CAN’T WAIT TO HELP SUPPORT YOU CONTINUING YOUR JOURNEY.>>IN A REAL WAY, IT’S IN OUR DNA TO HELP YOUNG PEOPLE SUCCEED. THAT’S WHY WE HAVE AN EDUCATION PROGRAM AND PLATFORM CALLED ARCHWAYS TO OPPORTUNITIES, WHERE WE OFFER $2,500 TO ANY INDIVIDUAL THAT WORKS FOR US FOR A SCHOLARSHIP AND TUITION ASSISTANCE. WE OFFER CAREER ADVISING AND MUCH MORE. BECAUSE FOR US, WE ARE IN THE COMMUNITY DOING THIS WORK IN A VERY REAL WAY. WE OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS, LIKE THE THURGOOD MARSHALL SCHOLARSHIP. FOR US, IT’S ABOUT BEING AND SUPPORTING THOSE IN THE COMMUNITY THROUGH MCDONALD’S AND BLACK AND POSITIVELY GOLDEN TO PARTNERSHIP, TO HELP US TAKE CARE OF SOME OF THE COSTS TO FUND COLLEGE. FOLK LIKE ME THAT WENT TO HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGE, WE CAN’T PAY FOR IT. SO WE NEED THE HELP. WE NEED THE COMMUNITY. AND SHOUTOUT TO THE COMMUNITY PARTNERS WE’RE ON THE BOARD FOR.>>NEXT TIME YOU THINK OF MCDONALD’S, IT’S NOT JUST A BURGER AND FRIES BUT A WAY FOR YOU TO CONTINUE YOUR EDUCATION. SO TO KEEP IT REAL, WE WANT TO HEAR FROM TWO DYNAMIC INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE BENEFITED FROM WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT. PLEASE WELCOME BRIA AND RON. [ APPLAUSE ]>>HEY GUYS,S. THANKS WENDY! SO AMAZING TO SEE YOU ALL. LOOK AT YOU ALL IN YOUR COLLEGE T-SHIRT, READY TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD! [ APPLAUSE ]>>MY NAME IS BRIA WILLIAMS. I AM A MCDONALD’S SCHOLAR THIS YEAR. THIS YEAR, MY JUNIOR YEAR. JUST FINISHED MY FINALS. I RECEIVED A $10,000 SCHOLARSHIP BECAUSE MCDONALD’S SAW SOMETHING IN ME. AND I SEE SOMETHING IN ALL OF YOU. THE BIGGEST ADVICE THAT I HAVE IS APPLY FOR EVERY SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP YOU SEE. NOTHING IS TOO BIG, NOTHING IS TOO SMALL.>>ONE TIME, LET ME HEAR YOU MAKE SOME NOISE, RETIRE! MAKE SOME NOISE. IT’S GREAT TO SEE EVERYBODY HERE. AND I’M HONORED TO BE HERE. MY STORY WAS A LITTLE DIFFERENT. EARLY ON, IT WAS JUST ME AND MY MOM. BORN IN A SINGLE-PARENT HOUSEHOLD. AND IT WAS PRETTY TOUGH GROWING UP. ALSO JUST TO ADD ON, WHEN I WAS 7 YEARS OLD, MY DAD WAS KILLED IN THE STREETS OF OAKLAND. BUT THAT DIDN’T STOP ME FROM DREAMING. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>EARLY ON, I ALWAYS SAID I WANTED TO GO TO COLLEGE. I WANTED TO BE THE FIRST PERSON IN MY FAMILY TO GRADUATE WITH MY COLLEGE DEGREE. AND I DID IT. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>SHORTLY AFTER GET MY JOB AT MCDONALD’S, THEY INTRODUCED ME TO THEIR ARCHWAYS OPPORTUNITY COLLEGE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM. MCDONALD’S HELPED ME PAY FOR COLLEGE. I WANT TO SAY IT ONE MORE TIME, MCDONALD’S HELPED ME PAY FOR COLLEGE! [ APPLAUSE ]>>SO I GRADUATED THIS PAST YEAR. I’M PART OF MCDONALD’S CORPORATE. AND I ENCOURAGE EVERYONE, NO MATTER HOW BIG NO, MATTER HOW SMALL YOUR DREAM IS, DREAM ON. BECAUSE ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE IF YOU PUT YOUR MIND TO IT. GOD BLESS. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>I SEE YOU IN MY FAMILY. I SEE IN YOU OUR FUTURE. AGAIN, WE ARE ALL SO PROUD OF YOU. SO JUST KNOW THAT MCDONALD’S GOT YER BACK. AND WE ARE SO PROUD OF WHAT YOU’VE ACCOMPLISHED TO BE HERE TODAY. AND WE ARE SO PROUD OF THE FIVE YEARS OF KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE. THAT FIRST LADY, FORMER FIRST LADY, MICHELLE OBAMA HAS REALLY GIVEN TO US ALL. [ APPLAUSE ]>>SO THANK YOU. GOD BLESS YOU. CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU. AND KEEP THE HOPE AND DREAM ALIVE. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>HOW Y’ALL DOING OUT HERE! WE’RE NOT EVEN CLOSE TO BEING OVER. IT’S JUST AN AMAZING DAY, CELEBRATING ALL OF YOU GUYS. #COLLEGESIGNINGDAY. AND WE WANT TO INTRODUCE TWO OF OUR FAVORITE PEOPLE.>>YEAH.>>THE FORMER EDITOR IN CHIEF OF TEAM VOGUE. AND ONE OF MY FAVORITE ACTORS, WRITER, MY GIRL, LENA WAY! [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>HOW MANY OF YOU LIKE FREE STUFF? [ APPLAUSE ]>>YO, YO. WOW, THIS IS A LOT OF COLLEGE STUDENTS. HOW MUCH DO Y’ALL HAVE STASHED AWAY IN YOUR ROOMS? I KNOW Y’ALL AIN’T GOT NO MONEY. [ LAUGHTER ]>>>SOMEBODY IN THE AUDIENCE IS GONNA WIN A BIKE. NOT THIS BIKE. A DIFFERENT KIND OF BIKE.>>FOUR OF YOU IN THIS AUDIENCE ARE GOING TO WIN — ARE Y’ALL READY? A SHINOLA BIKE. AND IT’S WORTH $1,000.>>YEAH. IT’S LIT. THE BIKE IS REALLY LIT.>>IT IS MADE IN DETROIT. AND EVERY ITEM SOLD BY SHINOLA CREATES JOBS FOR PEOPLE IN DETROIT. AND THREE OF YOU WILL WIN A SHINOLA BACKPACK, WHICH IS ALSO WORTH $900. IT’S LEATHER, IT’S NICE Y’ALL. YOU WANT IT.>>THAT’S RIGHT.>>WHAT DO THEY HAVE TO DO, LENA TO, WIN?>>YOU GOTTA TAKE A SELFIE AND YOU HAVE TO ACT — WHO THEY GOTTA ACT?>>YOU GUYS REALLY PAY ATTENTION. WE’RE WINGING IT, OKAY? MICHELLE OBAMA WILL NOT SEE IT IF YOU DO NOT #COLLEGESIGNINGDAY, [email protected]>>RIGHT.>>LOOK IT UP, FIGURE IT OUT. Y’ALL ARE COLLEGE STUDENTS.>>I’M ABOUT TO GET MY SELFIE RIGHT NOW.>>GET YOUR SELFIE!>>ONE, TWO, THREE! [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>YOU GUYS CAN DO BETTER THAN THAT!>>WOO! ALL RIGHT. ARE THEY DONE? I THINK THEY ARE. Y’ALL ARE GOING TO GET SOME FREE STUFF. GOING TO COLLEGE IS A HUGE PRIVILEGE. EVERYBODY GETS TO GO. SO GO TO CLASS. BUT STILL HAVE SOME FUN. FIGURE OUT WHO THE HECK YOU SUPPOSED TO BE.>>YES.>>GO OUT HERE AND WALK IN YOUR PURPOSE.>>YES!>>I APPRECIATE ALL OF Y’ALL. DO YOUR THING. GET OUT YOUR DREAMS. NOT EVERYBODY HAS AN OPPORTUNITY. LIVE YOUR DREAM FOR SOMEBODY WHO CAN. ALL RIGHT?>>WHAT SHE SAID. AND DON’T MAKE MIT STEAK I DID. DO NOT — LADIES, ARE YOU LISTENING? DO NOT FOLLOW THAT BOY TO COLLEGE. [ LAUGHTER ] [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>THAT’S RIGHT. PEACE, PEACE!>>COMING TO THE STAGE IS ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE PEOPLE, Y’ALL. MR. CONAN OBRIAN! [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>HOW YOU DOIN! [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYBODY HERE, I’M PROUD OF ALL OF YOU. YOU’RE ABOUT TO START AN AMAZING JOURNEY. AND I THINK YOU GUYS ARE AMAZE. AND GUESS WHAT! I HAVE GOT THE BEST JOB OF ANYBODY HERE TODAY. YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT MY JOB IS? MY JOB IS TO BRING OUT THE WOMAN OF THE HOUR! [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>AND IT DOESN’T GET BETTER THAN THAT! NOW LET’S GIVE IT UP. FOR THE FOUNDER OF RETIRE, AND COLLEGE SIGNING DAY, YOUR FIRST LADY FOREVER! [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>MICHELLE OBAMA! [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>YEAH! WOW! OH, MY GOODNESS. THIS IS NUTS!>>HELLO LOS ANGELES! [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>AND HAPPY COLLEGE SIGNING DAY TO ALL OF YOU. OH, MY GOD. I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU ALL, BUT THIS IS — HEY! HEY Y’ALL! I LOVE YOU GUYS! [ APPLAUSE ]>>I LOVE YOU GUYS. I’M SO PROUD OF YOU. ALL RIGHT, I GOT A JOB TO DO HERE. I’M GONNA TALK TO Y’ALL FOR A SECOND. THEN WE’RE GONNA GET BACK TO TH BUT THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE DAYS OF THE YEAR. LET ME JUST PUT THIS ALL IN PERSPECTIVE. WE STARTED DOING THESE CELEBRATIONS FIVE YEARS AGO. WE STARTED DOWN IN SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS. BACK THEN THEN, THERE WERE JUST A HANDFUL OF EVENTS LIKE THESE SCATTERED THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. BUT THIS SPRING, THANKS TO THE SUPPORTERS, DONORS, CHOOSE, AND THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF FOUNDATION, WE’RE GONNA HAVE MORE THAN 3,000 SIGNING DAY EVENTS ALL AROUND THE COUNTRY! [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>I COULDN’T BE MORE EXCITED TO BE ABLE TO BE HERE WITH ALL OF YOU IN L.A.! [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE WHO MADE THIS DAY POSSIBLE. THAT STARTS WITH EVERYONE HERE AT UCLA. TO THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SYSTEM, FROM UC SAN DIEGO TO UC MERCED, TO UC BERKELEY. YOU ALL, THANK YOU FOR ALL OF THE SUPPORT JUST TO GET THIS EVENT GOING. THEY’RE DOING EVENTS LIKE THIS ALL THIS WEEK AT NINE SCHOOLS. AND I WANT TO THANK THEM. HEY, BABE. [ LAUGHTER ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>, I ALSO HAVE TO RECOGNIZE A COUPLE OTHER SPONSORS. COMMON APP, MCDONALD’S. AND THE ECMC FOUNDATION. [ APPLAUSE ]>>AND I GOTTA THANK MY GIRL, LALA, ANTHONY, I LOVE THEM BOTH. TO ALL THE CELEBRITIES AND ALL THE ATHLETES, LET ME TELL YOU ALL, THEY ALL CAME HERE FOR YOU! NO, THEY CAME HERE FOR YOU. WE’RE HERE TODAY FOR YOU. I WANT YOU ALL TO TAKE THIS IN. THIS IS ALL ABOUT YOU. ALL THESE PEOPLE ON STAGE. THEY TOOK TIME OUT OF THEIR DAYS BECAUSE THEY KNOW YOU GUYS ARE THE FUTURE. WE KNOW YOU GUYS PUT THE HARD WORK IN. RIGHT? [ APPLAUSE ]>>LOOK, I GOT A SENIOR MYSELF. AND I WATCH HERD GO THROUGH IT. AND I WATCHED HER GO THROUGH IT. I FEEL SO BAD FOR Y’ALL. BUT Y’ALL DID THE WORK. YOU FILLED OUT THOSE APPLICATIONS. YOU FINISHED ALL YOUR CLASSES. DID ALL THE ASSIGNMENTS. AND YOU APPLIED, AND YOU DID IT. YOU GOT INTO THE COLLEGES OF YOUR CHOICE. YOU OVERCAME SO MANY HURDLES. AND I KNOW THAT. SO I KNOW IT MUST HAVE FELT SPECIAL TO GET THOSE ACCEPTANCE LETTERS. DIDN’T IT FEEL GOOD? AND NOW YOU GOT YOUR T-SHIRTS FROM YOUR SCHOOLS. AND YOU’RE HEADED OFF TO COLLEGE. YOU GUYS ARE GONNA DO THIS! AND I WANT YOU ALL TO KNOW, PERSONALLY, YOU’RE ABOUT TO MAKE THE BEST INVESTMENT THAT YOU CAN POSSIBLY MAKE. AND THAT’S TRUE WHETHER YOU’RE GOING TO A TRADE SCHOOL OR TO THE MILITARY OR TO A COMMUNITY COLLEGE OR TO A FOUR-YEAR UNIVERSITY. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>YES! IN FACT, IF YOU NOTICE, I’M WEARING THIS SHIRT FROM COMPTON COLLEGE TODAY. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>YEP. BECAUSE I WANT TO GIVE COMMUNITY COLLEGES A LITTLE EXTRA LOVE. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>YEP. LOOK, WE ARE FORTUNATE IN THIS COUNTRY TO HAVE AN AMAZING COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM. AND COMPTON COLLEGE — YES, COMPTON COLLEGE. THEY HAVE A GREAT STORY TO TELL. THE SCHOOL FELL ON SOME TOUGH TIMES A FEW YEARS AGO. BUT THEY BUCKLED DOWN, THEY WORKED HARD. AND NOW THEY’RE BACK ON THEIR FEET AND PROVIDING AN EXCELLENT, AFFORDABLE EDUCATION TO THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS EVERY YEAR. SO PROUD. AND BY DOING THAT, THEY’RE SHOWING ONCE AGAIN THAT YOU JUST DON’T COUNT OUT FOLKS FROM COMPTON, RIGHT? YOU DO NOT COUNT COMPTON OUT. SO I THOUGHT THAT THIS SHIRT WAS FITTING. BECAUSE I KNOW IN ALL SERIOUSNESS THAT A LOT OF YOU HAVE BEEN COUNTED OUT BEFORE. MAYBE YOUR PARENTS DIDN’T GET TO GO TO COLLEGE. MAYBE YOU WERE LIKE ME AND SOMEBODY TOLD YOU THAT YOU WEREN’T COLLEGE MATERIAL. OR THAT MAYBE YOU WERE SETTING YOUR SIGHTS TOO HIGH, RIGHT? AND LET ME TELL YOU, IF THAT HAPPENED TO YOU, I WANT YOU TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO ME. WHEN I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL, AND I WANTED TO APPLY TO THE COLLEGE OF MY CHOICE, I HAD SOMEONE TELL ME THAT I SHOULDN’T REACH TOO HIGH. YOU KNOW? OH, YEAH! [ LAUGHTER ]>>YEAH. THEY TOLD ME THAT I WAS — I WANTED TOO MUCH FOR MYSELF. I SHOULD DREAM A LITTLE SMALLER. [ CROWD BOOING ]>>AND LET ME TELL YOU, THAT WILL HAPPEN TO YOU AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN. THERE WILL BE PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE WHO WILL TELL YOU NOT TO DREAM TOO BIG. BECAUSE THEY ARE HATERS. AND THEY DON’T WANT ANYMORE FOR YOU THAN THING YOU SHOULD DESERVE. SO IN THOSE MOMENTS, IN THOSE MOMENT, Y’ALL, BECAUSE THEY WILL HAPPEN. THEY’VE MADE TO ME. THEY’VE HAPPENED TO MY HUSBAND WHERE PEOPLE HAVE SAID YOU DON’T BELONG, THIS ISN’T FOR YOU. SO IN THOSE TIMES, BECAUSE THEY WILL COME UP, YOU HAVE TO ASK YOURSELVES WHETHER YOU’RE GONNA BELIEVE THE HATERS. OR WHETHER YOU’RE GONNA BELIEVE THE OWN TRUTH OF YOUR STORY. RIGHT? [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>AND WHY I’M HERE, CELEBRATING YOU ALL. AND I’M SO PROUD OF YOU IS THAT I KNOW THAT’S WHAT YOU ALL HAVE DONE IN ORDER TO BE HERE TODAY. YOU KEPT ON REACHING HIGHER FOR YOURSELVES. AND FOR YOUR FUTURE. YOU TOLD ALL DOUBTERS THAT THEY BETTER MAKE ROOM. RIGHT? THAT’S WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT. MAKING PEOPLE MAKE ROOM FOR YOU WHERE YOU BELONG. AND I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT THE ROAD DOESN’T END TODAY. BECAUSE ONCE YOU GET TO COLLEGE, YOU ALL, YOU HAVE TO APPLY THOSE SKILLS THAT YOU USE TO GET YOU HERE. THAT SAME GRIT, THAT SAME RESILIENCE, THAT SAME COMMITMENT THAT MAKES YOU WHO YOU ARE. AND WHEN YOU RUN INTO THOSE CHALLENGES — BECAUSE YOU WILL. I DON’T WANT YOU TO BE AFRAID OF THE CHALLENGE. WE ALL RUN INTO THAT CHALLENGE. I WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND YOU DO NOT DO THIS ALONE. YOU KNOW? I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT WHEN YOU RUN INTO TROUBLE IN SCHOOL, YOU DON’T SIT IN YOUR ROOM ALONE. YOU GO AND ASK FOR HELP. YOU GO GET A TUTOR. YOU FIND A COUNSELOR. YOU MAKE THOSE PROFESSORS TEACH YOU! [ APPLAUSE ]>>AND I ALSO WANT YOU TO KNOW WHEN YOU GET TO COLLEGE, YOU HAVE TO BUILD A COMMUNITY FOR YOURSELF. THAT’S THE ONLY WAY YOU’RE GONNA MAKE. IT YOU DO NOT SIT ALONE IN YOUR DORM BY YOURSELF. I’M LOOKING AT YOU. [ LAUGHTER ]>>YOU GUYS HAVE TO HAVE A POSSE OF SUPPORT. THE PEOPLE WHO ARE GONNA KEEP LIFTING YOU UP EVERY DAY. WHEN YOU GET OUT THERE AND YOU GET KNOCKED DOWN, YOU COME BACK HOME, YOU GOTTA HAVE YOUR FRIENDS AND YOUR COMMUNITY. YOU FIND PROFESSORS WHO WILL LISTEN TO YOU AND SUPPORT YOU. YOU DON’T DO THIS ALONE. NONE OF US DOES THIS ALONE. [ APPLAUSE ]>>AND THAT’S WHY WE PUT THIS DAY TOGETHER. BECAUSE WE WANT YOU ALL TO UNDERSTAND HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE YOUR BACK. YOU KNOW? WHETHER IT’S LIKE RIGHT THERE, EVERY DOOR. OR WHETHER IT’S SOMEBODY LIKE ME WHO IS HOLDING YOU IN MY HEART. BECAUSE I KNOW THIS IS GONNA BE CHALLENGING FOR YOU. AND I KNOW THERE WILL BE TIMES WHEN YOU’LL WANT TO GIVE UP. BUT THERE ARE MANY WAYS THAT LEAD THIS LIFE. AND THERE’S NO ONE RIGHT WAY TO DO IT. SO IF YOU STUMBLE, BECAUSE STUMBLING HAPPENS TO ALL OF US. I WANT YOU TO GET BACK UP! IT’S NOT ABOUT NOT MAKING MISTAKES. IT’S NOT ABOUT NOT FAILING. ANYBODY WHO HAS ACHIEVED ANYTHING HAS FAILED AND FAILED AGAIN. IT’S NOT THE FAILURE. IT’S THE ABILITY TO BOUNCE BACK FROM THAT FAILURE. THAT’S WHAT MAKES YOU A TRUE CHAMPION. SO I JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT WE HAVE YOUR BACK. AND WE LOVE YOU. AND WE SORE EXCITED ABOUT THIS DAY. AND WE ARE SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS DAY. WE’RE EXCITED FOR ALL THAT YOU’RE GONNA DO IN THE FUTURE. YOU’VE HEARD PEOPLE UP HERE TELL YOU THAT YOU ARE THE FUTURE. PEOPLE LIKE ME AND BARACK, WE ARE STEPPING OUT OF THE WAY. TO ALLOW YOU GUYS TO TAKE THE LEAD. AND IN ORDER TO BE THOSE LEADERS, YOU GOTTA BE READY. YOU GOTTA HAVE KNOWLEDGE. YOU HAVE TO HAVE DISCIPLINE. YOU HAVE TO HAVE GUTS. AND I KNOW EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU HAS THAT. YOU ALL, I AM SO PROUD OF YOU. PLEASE, PLEASE KEEP WORKING HARD. AND BE THE BEST INDIVIDUALS THAT YOU CAN BE. CONGRATULATIONS, YOU GUYS. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>I LOVE YOU GUYS. I LOVE YOU! SO MUCH! I LOVE YOU GUYS! YOU GUYS ARE SPECIAL! YOU GUYS ARE GONNA MAKE THIS HAPPEN. I LOVE YOU GUYS! GET IT DONE. GET IT DONE! ALL RIGHT, YOU GUYS! NOW, I’VE GOT SOME FRIENDS WHO ARE GONNA JOIN ME UP HERE ON STAGE. YOU ALL, COME ON OUT! WE GOT A LITTLE MORE TO DO. LET’S BRING OUT MY FRIENDS. THEY’RE COMING. I LOVE YOU GUYS!>>PLEASE WELCOME, DON CHEADLE, LENA WAITE, ELIZABETH BANKS, AND CO, IN AN O’BRIAN! [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>RAQUELLE GUERRERO IS A SENIOR. SHE’LL BE GOING TO RIVERSIDE CITY COLLEGE. [ APPLAUSE ]>>TWO ENROLL IN THE LAW ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM. Y’ALL BETTER BE CAREFUL. AND THE PARAMEDICS PROGRAM. GIVE IT UP!>>IN FIVE YEARS IRK WILL BE A PARAMEDIC WORKING TO HELP PEOPLE LIVE SAFE AND HEALTHY LIVES. [ APPLAUSE ]>>AWESOME!>>A STUDENT FROM THE CORTEZ SCHOOL OF VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS. SHE WILL BE ATTENDING UCLA. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>THIS FALL. ON A REGENT SCHOLARSHIP. A MAJOR IN BFA AND DANCE WITH A MINOR IN AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>WHAT’S UP, EVERYBODY! IN FIVE YEARS, I WILL BE WORKING IN MY COMMUNITY, HELPING STUDENTS FROM UNDERPRIVILEGED COMMUNITIES FIND THEIR PASSION. JUST LIKE I WAS ABLE TO FIND MINE. WHICH IS DANCING! I JUST WANT TO THANK GOD, I WANT TO THANK MY PARENTS, AND I WANT TO THANK ALL MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>MARK CORONA IS A SENIOR AT NORTE VISTA HIGH SCHOOL, AND HE WILL BE PURSUING A CAREER WITH THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS! [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>HE’S GOING TO GO TO MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO TO BECOME A MARINE IN AUGUST OF 2019.>>IN FIVE YEARS, I WILL BE HELPING SERVE MY FAMILY AND MY COUNTRY WITH HONOR. AS A MEMBER OF THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>THANK YOU, MARK! LAUREN IS COMPLETING — OH.>>I WANTED TO SAY THANK YOU TO MY SCHOOL. NORTE VISTA HIGH SCHOOL. AND TO MY COUNS. THANK YOU!>>HEY! I GOT LAUREN HERE. LAUREN IS COMPLETING SOME PREREQUISITES AT PIERCE COUNTY. A COMMUNITY COLLEGE HERE IN L.A. THOSE ARE ALL YOUR FRIENDS. THIS FALL, SHE’S GONNA TRANSFER TO HOWARD UNIVERSITY. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>SHE’S GONNA STUDY PUBLIC RELATIONS AND JOURNALISM.>>HELLO, EVERYONE. IN FIVE YEARS, I’LL BE A JOURNALIST REPORTING ON ISSUES THAT WILL KEEP MY COMMUNITY INFORMED AND IN POWER. AND I WILL ALSO MAKE IT MY DUTY AND MY MISSION TO EMPOWER YOUNG GIRLS THAT LOOK LIKE ME, AND ASSURE THEM THAT THEY CAN DO ANYTHING. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>AND TELL THEM THAT THEY CAN DO ANYTHING THAT THEY PUT THEIR MINDS TO. PERIOD.>>LET’S HEAR IT FOR TAHIRA! A SENIOR AT LAWNDALE HIGH SCHOOL. SHE’S GONNA BE ATTENDING EL CAMINO COLLEGE WHERE SHE’S GONNA BE PARTICIPATING IN THE ACCOUNTING MAJOR HONORS PROGRAM.>>IN FIVE YEARS, I WILL HAVE WRITTEN A NONFICTION OR FICTIONAL BOOK. I WILL BE USING MY PLATFORM IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY TO COLLABORATE WITH ORGANIZATIONS LIKE UNICEF TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>I ALSO WISH TO GIVE A S THE CHARITY EVENT TO INSPIRE OTHERS. [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>AND CAN I JUST SAY, IT IS SUCH AN HONOR TO BE HERE AMONGST EVERY ONE OF YOU. I’M THANKFUL FOR EVERYONE WHO PUT TOGETHER THIS EVENT. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]>>SHE’S COMING BACK!>>THAT WAS AWESOME. HEY, EVERYBODY, WHAT’S UP? ALL RIGHT, EVERYBODY. GIVE IT UP ONE MORE TIME FOR EVER MY FIRST LADY, MRS. OBAMA! [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>ALL RIGHT, SO WE HAVE ONE LAST TREAT FOR YOU GUYS. BUT WE’RE GONNA NEED EVERYBODY HERE TO GO CRAZY.>>MAKE SOME NOISE! [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>ALL RIGHT, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN.>>WHAT’S UP, Y’ALL!>>HERE WE GO! ♪ [ MUSIC ] ♪ ♪ ♪ [ MUSIC ] ♪ ♪ [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>THANK YOU, AND CONGRATULATIONS! [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>ALL RIGHT, GUYS. WE’RE GONNA FINISH IT UP. WE’RE GONNA TAKE A SELFIE! TAKE YOUR PHONES OUT!>>TAKE YOUR PHONES OUT!>>#COLLEGESIGNINGDAY. ONE EPIC SELFIE!>>THANK Y’ALL FOR COMING OUT TODAY! HAVE FUN GOING TO COLLEGE! GET ALL YOUR SUPPLIES. THANK Y’ALL AGAIN. AND MAKE SOME NOISE!>>THANK YOU SO MUCH! [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!