First Lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to visit Nashville next month to speak at the graduation ceremony for Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet High School.
Metro Nashville Public Schools officials were hush-hush about the details earlier in the week before making the announcement at an assembly at the school.
Several school board members said they, too, were in the dark about the announcement Wednesday.
Congressman Jim Cooper, a Democrat from the fifth district which includes Nashville, took credit for inviting the first lady to speak at the graduation, according to a letter which was released.
“I’m sorry I couldn’t attend today’s announcement because of votes in Washington, but it’s wonderful that the First Lady will be speaking at one of our best schools. This is a testament to MLK, its teachers and its students. I am very proud of and excited for them,” he said in the statement.
The graduation is scheduled for May 18 at the Tennessee State University’s Gentry Center at 1 p.m.