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President Obama Surprises Seniors at Kalamazoo Central High School

President Obama surprises seniors at Kalamazoo Central High School by dropping by their graduation rehearsal.

The class of 2010 at Kalamazoo Central High School in Kalamazoo, Michigan, was in for quite a surprise on their graduation day when President Obama dropped by unexpectedly at their graduation rehearsal. 

Kalamazoo Central was the winner of the 2010 Race to the Top Commencement Challenge – a contest that challenged high schools to tell the President how they are making significant strides on personal responsibility, academic excellence and college readiness, and how they are working toward the President’s national goal of having the most college graduates by 2020. While the students were expecting to see the President at graduation later that evening – their prize for winning the Commencement Challenge – they were absolutely shocked to see him at the rehearsal.

The Get Schooled Foundation and MTV were on the ground with the Kalamazoo seniors and captured this incredible moment on video.


Get Schooled and MTV have followed the students at Kalamazoo and the five other finalist schools throughout the competition.  Check out their video compilation of the challenge.