View Photos: First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at Detroit’s first-ever citywide College Signing Day

As part of her “Reach Higher” initiative, First Lady Michelle Obama spoke at Detroit’s first-ever citywide College Signing Day, hosted by the Detroit College Access Network at Wayne State University on May 1, 2015. Over 2,000 students from more than 40 Detroit high schools participated in the rally, including more than 800 Detroit Public Schools’ seniors.

In her keynote remarks, the First Lady highlighted the importance of students pursuing and completing a form of higher education, and students doing their part to answer the President’s call for America to once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.

This is the second year that the First Lady has celebrated College Signing Day. Last year she attended a similar event in San Antonio, TX. This year, the First Lady was joined by Coach Jim Harbaugh, head football coach at the University of Michigan, as well as Ciara, Grammy award-winning recording artist and long-time advocate for education through her work with Get Schooled.

In addition to the First Lady’s event in Detroit, over 600 College Signing Day events were planned by communities, students, and organizations committed to helping students pursue higher education.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan attended a College Signing Day event in Washington, D.C. and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro attended a College Signing Day event in Austin, TX.

To celebrate College Signing Day, the First Lady encouraged people across the country to wear their college apparel and share their photos with #ReachHigher on social media.

Search for photos and social media posts celebrating the more than 600 Signing Day events across the country:
Hashtag: #ReachHigher
Twitter: @FLOTUS, @ReachHigher, @ArneDuncan, @SecretaryCastro
Instagram: @MichelleObama and @ReachHigher2020

Read some of the latest news stories:

https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2015/05/04/making-big-deal-college-signing-day

https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/05/01/college-signing-day-first-lady-michelle-obama-asks-students-reach-higher

http://www.etonline.com/news/163829_michelle_obama_at_national_college_signing_day_we_ve_got_to_make_education_cool_again/

http://www.etonline.com/news/163797_michelle_obama_on_sasha_malia_growing_up_they_re_conditioning_us_for_empty_nest_syndrome/

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/05/01/us/ap-us-michelle-obama-detroit.html?ref=us&_r=0

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2015/05/01/first-lady-michelle-obama/26688529/

http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2015/04/27/michelle-obama-visit-detroit/26475029/

http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2015/05/college_signing_day_isnt_just.html

http://wdet.org/posts/2015/05/01/80371-michelle-obama-talks-up-higher-education-at-wayne-state-rally/

http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/first-lady-michelle-obama-to-visit-wayne-state-friday/32682142

http://www.wxyz.com/news/region/detroit/first-lady-michelle-obama-to-speak-to-students-friday-in-detroit

http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/story/28950961/first-lady-to-speak-to-detroit-high-school-students

http://www.wjr.com/2015/05/01/first-lady-and-u-of-m-football-coach-jim-harbaugh-speak-to-high-school-students-at-wayne-state/

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/road-college-signing-day-starts-years-earlier/

http://www.toledoblade.com/State/2015/05/01/First-lady-speaks-to-Detroit-students-about-higher-education.html

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/cold-water-michelle-o-says-nba-nfl-not-a-viable-career-path/article/2563894http://www.theoaklandpress.com/general-

news/20150501/first-lady-touts-academics-in-wayne-state-signing-speech

http://michronicleonline.com/2015/05/02/its-time-to-go-to-school-the-first-lady-brings-her-message-to-detroit/

https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2015/05/04/making-big-deal-college-signing-day

http://www.si.com/extra-mustard/2015/05/01/michelle-obama-jim-harbaugh-ciara-college-signing-day

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