U.S. President Barack Obama walks with his daughter Malia
U.S. President Barack Obama walks with his daughter Malia on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington January 3, 2016. The Obama family returned from Hawaii, the president's home state, after concluding a 15-day holiday vacation. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

U.S. president Barrack Obama’s daughter Malia will be completing her high school graduation this year. Obama said he would prefer to sit and watch his daughter’s graduation ceremony rather than giving a speech as he will be too emotional to speak. Obama enjoyed lunch with some companions at Jolly Pumpkin Brewery in Detroit on Wednesday.

The president told his lunch companions that he turned down a request to speak at Malia’s graduation ceremony, saying he will be too emotional. “Malia’s school asked if I wanted to speak at commencement and I said no. I’m going to be wearing dark glasses ... and I’m going to cry,” according to ABC.

Obama also echoed similar views while attending the town hall in Baton Rouge in Louisiona last week. He told the crowd he can’t even talk about Malia leaving home because it makes him cry. The teenager is senior at the private Sidwell Friends School in Washington.

Malia is expected to start college in the fall. The 17-year-old reportedly has interest in filmmaking and has two choices for her under-graduate education, New York University and Barnard College. She has visited numerous public and private colleges before making her choice including the Ivy Leagues Princeton, Harvard, Brown, the University of Pennsylvania and Yale.

Her dad had advised her not to choose a college by its brand name. During an interaction with students during a town hall on college affordability, in Des Moines, Iowa, he mentioned that he has advised his daughter not to stress about going to a particular college in September. He told her that there are a lot of good colleges and universities and not necessarily that just because a particular college is not some name-brand, famous, fancy school doesn't mean that will not be giving a great education.

He said that ultimately it is Malia who will be deciding as she is very much like her mother and she usually takes her own decisions.