Reach Higher to Host 2018 College Signing Day with Former First Lady Michelle Obama in Philadelphia at Temple University on May 2

Mrs. Obama will be joined by 8,000 Philadelphia students to celebrate their pursuit of higher education

Mrs. Obama will also be joined by actors, singers, athletes and stars including: Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Janelle Monae, Zendaya, Ciara, Questlove, Jidenna, Nick Cannon, Kelly Rowland, Rebel Wilson and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, as well as members of the Philadelphia Eagles and 76ers.

Press Release – Washington, DC – On Wednesday, May 2, Reach Higher will host the 2018 College Signing Day with former First Lady Michelle Obama at Temple University. The event will be held at the Liacouras Center with 8,000 students from across Philadelphia’s public, private, charter, and parochial schools. This is the fifth consecutive year that Mrs. Obama has celebrated College Signing Day.

College Signing Day celebrates high school seniors choosing to pursue higher education at a professional training program, a community college, a four-year college or university, or the military and continues Mrs. Obama’s efforts to inspire young people to pursue their education past high school. In addition to Mrs. Obama’s event in Philadelphia, more than 2,000 College Signing Day events have been planned in nearly every state across the country by communities, students, and organizations committed to helping students pursue higher education.

Mrs. Obama recently tweeted her support, noting “I’m so in awe of college-bound students all over the country—you inspire @BarackObama and me every day. We know how hard you’ve worked to make your college dreams a reality. That’s why #CollegeSigningDay is one of my favorite traditions. I can’t wait to celebrate in Philly!”

Mrs. Obama is encouraging people across the country to join her in celebrating College Signing Day by wearing their college apparel and sharing the importance of higher education on social media using #CollegeSigningDay and #BetterMakeRoom.

Livestream will be available, with details forthcoming.

Started by Mrs. Obama during her time at the White House, Reach Higher continues its college access and completion work at Civic Nation, a non-profit focused on innovative engagement and awareness initiatives. This work includes Reach Higher’s Better Make Room campaign, which lifts up and celebrates the stories of today’s high school and college students.

As part of her work with Reach Higher, Mrs. Obama has hosted College Signing Day events in New York City, New York in 2016 and 2017; Detroit, Michigan in 2015; and San Antonio, Texas in 2014.

The celebrities joining Mrs. Obama to celebrate College Signing Day in Philadelphia include:

Anne Munition, Internet Personality

Bailee Madison, Actress

Bradley Cooper, Actor

Camila Cabello, Performing Artist

Ciara, Performing Artist

Daymond John, Author

Dikembe Mutombo, NBA Legend

Erin Wayne, Internet Personality

Janelle Monae, Performing Artist and Actor

Jameer Nelson, NBA Player

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Actor

Jessica Goch (JGhostly), Internet Personality

Jidenna, Performing Artist

Jussie Smollet, Performing Artist

Karlie Kloss, Model

Keke Palmer, Performing Artist

Kelly Rowland, Performing Artist

Lindsay Harding, Former WNBA Player

Malcolm Jenkins, Eagle

Mark Jackson, 76er

Nnamdi Asomugha, Former NFL Athlete

Nick Cannon, Performing Artist

Tyler Blevins (Ninja), Internet Personality

Questlove, Performing Artist

Rebel Wilson, Actress

Robert De Niro, Actor

Tariq Nasheed, Performing Artist

Tinashe, Performing Artist

Zendaya, Actress
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