Michelle Obama paid a visit Thursday morning to the District’s Howard University, where she surprised students as part of her last back-to-school season as first lady.

Nearly 250 Howard University students had lined up outside School of Business in a light rain for an event.

They filed into an empty auditorium about 11:30 a.m., where three directors’ chairs emblazoned with the logo of “Late Night with Seth Meyers” had been placed onstage. Then shortly after noon, Howard’s provost introduced Amber Ruffin, the first African American woman to write for a network late-night show. She told the students that they would hear from Nick Cannon and Seth Meyers and that they must turn off their phones, an announcement greeted with gasps and groans.

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