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GW Students Beat First Lady's Service Challenge

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By Asma Khalid

First Lady Michelle Obama promised to deliver the George Washington University commencement speech if GW could deliver 100,000 hours of community service this school year.

Mrs. Obama challenged the university to meet her goal by May 1. Students and faculty not only met Mrs. Obama’s target a month early, they beat it.And the First Lady kept her promise.

"But I will say if I had known that you would complete more than 3,300 hours on the first day of the challenge, I’d probably have picked a higher number," says Obama.

Throughout the year, students hosted a Senior Prom, tutored kids, and helped neighbors shovel snow.

Travis King took an alternative route.

"Well, I was a barber, I cut hair at Mariam’s kitchen. It was actually part of an internship. So, it was for six weeks, but I’ve been doing it ever since cause I fell in love with it," says King.

At commencement, Mrs. Obama brought a new challenge to GW graduates, one that doesn’t end after 100,000 hours. She asked students to live their lives as engaged GLOBAL citizens.

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