Michelle Obama was dressed casually in an all-black look for the College Signing Day in Harlem, New York Tuesday. The event was hosted by MTV and brought together more than 4,000 high school students of the city. It was the most high profile of about 1,000 similar events across the 50 states that encouraged students to commit to continuing their education once they graduate from high school.

The 52-year-old first lady looked her usual self in a black Princeton T-shirt that she paired with matching skinny jeans. Michelle teamed up her look in a black loose jacket. She accessorized with lots of gold bracelets, a pair of hoop earrings and her engagement ring.

Michelle completed her look with a slick of nude lipgloss and smoky eye make-up. Her dark tresses were kept in a side part and styled in waves. Princeton is one of the universities that she studied at and she also attended Harvard Law School (Ivy League alma maters).

She posed for a picture with some soon-to-be college freshman. The students will be going to college this year. “Happy #CollegeSigningDay! Wear your college gear with pride and show us how you #ReachHigher,” she captioned the photo on her Instagram.

She posted another picture of herself, her husband, President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden  and his wife, Dr Jill Biden, proudly showing off shirts from their own alma maters.

Michelle told the students that their goal was not just to get into college, but to get a degree. Speaking to students who would make their college selections, she said: “The minute you get to college this fall, I want you to get right back to work.”

In her endeavour to spread education all over, Michelle was joined by a host of celebrities including Melissa McCarthy and her husband, Robert DeNiro, Allison Williams and Tracee Ellis Ross. The mother-of-two did a reprise of her duet with rapper Jay Pharoah and shared the picture on Instagram. White House in a statement described National College Signing Day as “a tradition to celebrate students going to college the same way we celebrate athletes and celebrities.” It is a part of the first lady’s Reach Higher initiative.