CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State University will provide 1,000 tickets to the general public for its 143rd annual commencement ceremony on Sunday, June 17, which will feature an address by First Lady Michelle Obama.

Mrs. Obama, a national champion of childhood nutrition, exercise and healthy communities, will deliver the commencement address at this year's graduation ceremony. The ceremony will begin at 3:30 p.m. in Reser Stadium.

Gates will open at noon and OSU officials encourage audience members to arrive early because of anticipated traffic concerns and security measures.

Tickets can be reserved online at Oregon State's commencement website: A maximum of two general admission tickets will be allowed per person.

Tickets will be available for pickup on Tuesday, June 12, and Wednesday, June 13, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Reser Stadium ticket window. Photo identification is required for pickup of tickets.

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Kavinda Arthenayake, 541-737-6442