By Brandi Fowler
Updated Sep 01, 2016 @ 6:45 pm
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Talk about an epic start to the school year. Michelle Obama surprised an auditorium full of Howard University freshmen Thursday when she popped up to wish them—and their fellow classmate Nick Cannon—well in their first year of college.

The America's Got Talent host recently enrolled as a freshman at the university, and joined the FLOTUS on stage, along with Late Night host Seth Meyers, to get students pumped up for their freshman year. "College was the most important thing I've done in my life, other than being first lady, having kids and marrying Barack Obama," Michelle said to the crowd, according to the Washington Post. "It taught me I could leave home and be successful away from home."

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The mom of two stunned as she sat in the middle of Myers and Cannon, wearing a blue and white patterned dress, and studded black flats. She rocked her hair parted down the middle, kept her makeup natural, and wore minimal jewelry, letting her figure-flattering dress be the statement maker of her look.

When Michelle first walked into the auditorium, students went wild—reportedly leaping to their feet, whipping out their cell phones and screaming. Originally, they were only told they would be attending a back-to-school event with Meyers and Cannon.

The visit was a part of Michelle's "Reach Higher" initiative, which encourages students to continue their education after high school, as well as her campaign to connect with students via social media, called Better Make Room. Several moments from the day were featured on the First Lady's Snapchat.

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