Michigan High Schools Celebrate Seniors During College Decision Day
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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.
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.