Michelle Obama’s Kansas graduation day speech cancelled after angry parents petition

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Proof that prayers are indeed answered came to almost 2,000 Topeka, Kan., graduating seniors who signed a petition protesting first lady Michelle Obama‘s appearance at their graduating class. The White House announced that she was scrapping those plans.

The petition began circulating when the students realized the already limited seating for the graduates’ friends and family would be further reduced, and the first lady intended to focus her remarks on politics instead of the seniors.

Instead, she will speak the day before graduation at a “Senior Recognition Day,” according to The Hill, which reported:

More than 1,750 people had signed a petition protesting the first lady’s appearance at the graduation ceremony, angered that security concerns would limit the number of friends and family who could attend.

According to the Topeka Capital-Journal, students would have only been allotted six tickets apiece had the first lady maintained her original plans.

In a statement to The Hill, the first lady’s communications director said Obama wanted to accommodate all who hoped to attend the graduation ceremony.

“Once we learned about the concerns of some students, we were eager to find a solution that enabled all of the students and their families to celebrate the special day,” she told the news service.

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