Michelle Obama And Other Stars Come Together To Shine A Spotlight On Higher Education

Last week MTV announced that Michelle Obama will be returning to host their College Signing Day this year on May 5th. This will be Mrs. Obama’s first time hosting the event without the title of First Lady.

Mrs. Obama, a consistent and powerful voice in the national conversation around education, will rally 200 high school seniors decked out in college gear tomorrow at the Public Theater in NYC and root them on as they pursue their dreams through education past high school. Tons of stars will be making an appearance to shed the spotlight that’s usually theirs on some of the nation’s hardest working students.

In her exclusive interview with MAKERS, Mrs. Obama explained why education is a cause so close to her heart. “My parents truly gave us unconditional love and encouragement to go places they never imagined for themselves. Neither of them had a college degree, but they made it very clear that they expected me and my brother to get the best education possible. School was always, always the center of our lives, so I made it a point to give it 120%.”

While serving as First Lady, Mrs. Obama made college access one of her top priorities. Members of her past White House Initiatives Better Make Room and Reach Higher are now carrying out Mrs. Obama’s college access work through Civic Nation, a Washington D.C. based nonprofit organization that works to create engagement and awareness campaigns. Mrs. Obama’s event is only one of over 1,000 College Signing Day celebrations happening throughout the nation, most others taking place in high schools and communities.

Mrs. Obama encourages graduating seniors from around the nation to join the celebration tomorrow via social media by posting a selfie in their college gear using the hashtags #CollegeSigningDay and #BetterMakeRoom. The event will be livestreamed via MTV’s Facebook Page.



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