Michigan High Schools Celebrate Seniors During College Decision Day

LANSING, MICH – April 27, 2015 – More than 100 high schools across Michigan and hundreds across the nation will recognize high school seniors for making plans to continue their education on College Decision Day. This annual event is held on or around May 1 to coincide with the date that most seniors must inform a college of their enrollment decision.

 “College Decision Day is inspired by the NCAA’s National Signing Day,” says Brandy Johnson, Michigan College Access Network executive director. “We want to reinforce that academic excellence and achievements should be given as much pomp and circumstance as athletic excellence.”

The goal of College Decision Day is to mimic the NCAA’s National Signing Day excitement and celebrate all seniors going to college while encouraging younger students and families to prepare early for postsecondary education.

While some high schools have been hosting this event for years, last year was the first time Michigan College Access Network organized College Decision Day as a statewide event. More than 50 Michigan high schools participated in 2014.

Michigan has ranks among the national leaders in college readiness and enrollment along low-income students. Between 2002 and 2012, Michigan’s college participation rate for low-income students increased by 22.4 percent, ranking Michigan fourth among all states. Statewide events such as Decision Day will ensure this upward trend continues in Michigan.

 “We want to see College Decision Day grow across our state to where every high school hosts a celebration to recognize their graduating seniors,” Johnson said.

To learn more about Michigan’s College Decision Day and the 110 high schools hosting events across the state, visit the Michigan College Access Network website at www.micollegeaccess.org/statewide-initiatives/college-decision-day. Follow the conversation on Twitter at #DecisionDay and #ReachHigher.

To view of map of College Decision Day participants in MI, click here.  


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. Michigan has recently experienced an increase in our college attainment rate -- from 37.4 percent of 25-to-64-year-olds possessing at least an associate's degree, to 38.4 percent. However, Michigan's rate still lags behind the national average of 40 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 www.micollegeaccess.org.

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