High Schools across Michigan Celebrate College Decision Day

College Decision Day celebrates all high school seniors attending postsecondary institutions in the fall

MAY 5, 2017 - LANSING, MICH.− May 1 signals the official kickoff of College Decision Day events across Michigan. Nearly 300 high schools across the state are recognizing high school seniors for making plans to continue their education beyond high school. College Decision Day’s goal is to celebrate all seniors who are going to college while encouraging younger students and families to prepare for continuing their education at a postsecondary institution.

“College Decision Day mimics the NCAA’s National Signing Day for athletes by celebrating every student’s decision to pursue postsecondary education,” said Brandy Johnson, Michigan College Access Network executive director. “Whether pursuing a four-year degree or high-quality credential, students deserve the same accolades and recognition as student athletes.”

Since 2014, the Michigan College Access Network has organized College Decision Day as a statewide event, an adaption of National College Signing Day, a program of former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher initiative aimed to inspire every student across the country to take charge of their future by continuing, and completing, their education past high school.

Events in Michigan start today and run through the month of May and June. MCAN has made a map available of all College Decision Day events at https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/embed?mid=1rMH-rp8U_S9bwbSb7ksYafFkOoU.

To celebrate our seniors, people across the state are wearing college gear and sharing encouragement on social media. Show your #CollegeSigningDay and #MiDecisionDay support by posting pictures wearing college gear from your alma mater and join the conversation on social media.

To learn more about Michigan’s College Decision Day and the high schools hosting events across the state, visit the Michigan College Access Network website at http://www.micollegeaccess.org/statewide-initiatives/college-decision-day.

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About Michigan College Access Network
As the leader in the state’s college access movement, MCAN’s mission is to increase Michigan’s college readiness, participation and completion rates, particularly among low-income students, first-generation college going students, and students of color. For the sixth year in a row, Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate has increased -- from 35.7 percent of 25-to-64-year-olds possessing at least an associate degree in 2008, to 39.3 percent in 2014. Additionally, it is estimated another 4 percent of Michiganders have a high-quality certificate, bringing Michigan’s official attainment rate to 43.3 percent. It is MCAN’s goal to increase Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate to 60 percent by the year 2025. For more information, visit micollegeaccess.org.

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