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

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And if I can be standing here as you 'forever first lady, ' then you can do anything you put your mind to.

"I might not live in the White House anymore", she said at last year's event, "but Barack and I are gonna keep on celebrating you all and supporting you and lifting you up no matter what house we live in". Cannon also used the nickname in a 2017 op-ed for Forbes, writing about the first time he was invited to work with Michelle Obama at a College Signing Day event.

Wearing a denim Alexander McQueen jacket, black skinny jeans, a black tee and strappy sandals, and rocking her signature curly lob with bangs, Obama also cut a rug with R&B singers Ciara and Kelly Rowland at the celebration. "I didn't know if I was smart enough", she said.

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"I was where you were way back when", Obama told the students. "There are always haters out there telling you what you can't do".

Obama told the crowd that she was once afraid to leave her home in Chicago to attend Princeton University, but that being afraid of the next steps is normal. I'm not one of the doubters. That we couldn't handle the pressure, that we weren't ready. "So I'm telling you, they will doubt you today and they will doubt you for the rest of your life". Michelle Obama described College Signing Day as a way "to inspire every student across the country to pursue and complete a postsecondary degree, whether at a traditional 4-year college, a 2-year community college or through an industry-recognized training program".

Here's a clip of Obama's address.