NCAN Members Lead College Signing Day Celebrations Across Country

May 11, 2016

By Amina Anderson Pringle, Member Services Manager 

Since National College Signing Day on April 26, hundreds of NCAN members, including The Opportunity Network, DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education, and ACCESS College Foundation, have celebrated their students for making a commitment to higher education through some phenomenal events. Hosting a College Signing Day has many advantages. It celebrates and recognizes all high school seniors for their postsecondary plans and encourages their peers, younger students, and families to prepare early for postsecondary education. This was the third year First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated College Signing Day at an NCAN member event to promote her Reach Higher Initiative


Highlights of some NCAN Member College Signing Day Events

On April 26, our New York City based member The Opportunity Network was joined by First Lady Michelle Obama at the Harlem Armory to celebrate more than 4,000 NYC high school seniors formally choosing their colleges for fall 2016. The Opportunity Network’s students will be attending Cornell, Emory, Franklin & Marshall, Harvard, Lafayette, Lehigh, Middlebury, NYU, Princeton, Syracuse and UPenn, among many others.

A few days later, on the campus of George Washington University, NCAN member DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education invited graduating seniors from all the DC public and public charter high schools to celebrate their college decisions. The day was filled with energy, excitement, and encouragement. Performances from the schools bands, step teams and dance squads filled the agenda, along with students from every school announcing their college choices. Student flooded social media with pictures and videos using the hashtag #CollegeReadyDC

OSSE College Signing Day 2016 from Streetz Media Corporate on Vimeo.

More than 1,200 students took part in National Signing Day put on by Norfolk, Virginia’s, ACCESS College Foundation, an NCAN member on the campus of Old Dominion University. Students used the hashtag #CollegeIMN to share their excitement about this important step on social media. The agenda included current college students sharing their journey and Congressman Bobby Scott providing words of encouragement to celebrate their commitment to higher education. 

Since the creation of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher initiative, College Decision/Signing Day events have become more popular. NCAN, along with its members, support the goals of Reach Higher and its effort in bringing postsecondary education to the forefront. 

Job well done NCAN members! 

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