Michelle Obama touts importance of education during BET appearance

The First Lady has officially made education her first priority.

Michelle Obama, during a taped appearance on BET that aired Tuesday, pushed young people to commit to learning so they can get into college and better their futures.

"I want all people to understand that there is nothing more important they will do for themselves than to focus on their education," Obama said on the network's "106 & Park" program. "It starts with taking high school seriously, doing your homework and being in class on time."

Obama, who walked onto the stage to raucous applause sporting gray slacks, bright pink lipstick and a stylish leather jacket, appeared as part of her expanded focus on helping the U.S. achieve President Obama's "North Star" goal, which aims for the country to have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020.

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