On Friday, May 1st, First Lady Michelle Obama will visit Detroit to speak to more than 2,000 individuals from 40 high schools from across the city. The event will take place at Wayne State University, and is the first-ever citywide College Signing Day to place emphasis on the value of college education. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the university’s Matthaei Physical Education Center.

A performance by the Mosaic Youth Theater will be held for Mrs. Obama’s visit. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, and Grammy-award winner Ciara, will be joining the first lady on Friday as well. Ciara is an ardent supporter of all things education.

Mrs. Obama last visited Detroit in October to speak on behalf of Michigan Democrats at Music Hall. In October 2011, she attended a fundraiser to help raise money for President Barack Obama’s attempt at re-election. This will be Obama’s second visit to Wayne State University. Her first visit was on May 2010, to encourage and inspire the city’s youth as she spoke about a brighter and better future to come.

The education-based organization, Detroit College Access Network, will be hosting the event. They are working towards the goal of getting over 60% of Detroit students into successful post secondary education, not just entrance, but matriculation. This group will not only provide a form of higher education, but also help to prepare students to be financially and academically set for career opportunities.

A statement from Obama’s Reach Higher program said “highlight 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.”

The first lady attended a similar event for college-bound students in San Antonio, Texas, last year. Over 400 College Signing Day rallies are being arranged across the country. You can follow this event by using the hashtag #ReachHigher on social media networks to stay informed on the numerous activities that are unfolding. Don’t forget to wear your favorite college apparel and share your photos to celebrate College Signing Day!

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