Photos courtesy of Ricky Fitchett
On Wednesday, May 2nd, Reach Higher hosted the 2018 College Signing Day with former First Lady Michelle Obama at Temple University. The event was 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, hundreds of 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 tweeted her, 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.
The list of individuals joining Mrs. Obama to celebrate 8,000 Philadelphia students at the Liacouras Center includes: Bailee Madison, Actor Bradley Cooper, Actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Actor Jidenna, Music Artist Jussie Smollet, Performing Artist Keke Palmer, Performing Artist Kelly Rowland, Performing Artist Nick Cannon, Performing Artist Questlove, Music Artist Rebel Wilson, Performing Artist Robert De Niro, Actor Zendaya, Actress