First Lady Michelle Obama hosts college signing event in Harlem

AmNews Staff Reports | 4/25/2016, 1:27 p.m.
As part of her Reach Higher initiative, First Lady Michelle Obama celebrates her signature College Signing Day at the Harlem ...
First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at the Harlem Armory for College Signing Day Nayaba Arinde photo

As part of her Reach Higher initiative, First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated her signature College Signing Day at the Harlem Armory. More than 4,000 students from across New York high schools came out.

College Signing Day continues the First Lady’s efforts to inspire young people to pursue their education past high school. In addition to the event in New York, more than 1,000 College Signing Day events were planned in nearly every state by communities, students, and organizations committed to helping students pursue higher education. Obama encouraged people across the country to join her in marking College Signing Day by wearing college apparel and sharing the importance of higher education on social media through #CollegeSigningDay and #BetterMakeRoom.

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First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at College Signing Day event in Harlem

Several celebrities were also on hand at the event including Common, Carmelo Anthony, La La Anthony, AJ Calloway, Daymond John and Tracee Ellis Ross

Last October, the First Lady launched Better Make Room, a public awareness campaign targeted at Generation Z, or young people ages 14-19, to celebrate education, change the national conversation, and give students the tools and resources they need to continue their education past high school. The Better Make Room campaign engages actors, singers, and sports icons in celebrating students for pursuing higher education. This past December Obama teamed up with College Humor, The Gregory Brothers, and Jay Pharoah to record the music video "Go To College," which was performed at the event.

The event was hosted by MTV in conjunction with Viacom's Get Schooled initiative. Tuesday's event was the third annual College Signing Day the First Lady has hosted to celebrate high school seniors choosing to pursue higher education at a professional training program, a community college, or a four-year college or university. The First Lady hosted College Signing Day events in Detroit, Michigan in 2015 and in San Antonio, Texas in 2014.