Show Your College Pride with First Lady Michelle Obama

As part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s effort to encourage children to reach higher and pursue higher education, she will be visiting San Antonio on Friday to speak at the city’s College Signing Day.

First Lady Michelle Obama

First Lady Michelle Obama meets with students in a pre-K classroom at the Yu Ying Public Charter School, a Chinese-immersion, International Baccalaureate elementary school in Washington, D.C., March 4, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

College Signing Day is part of Destination College, a week of events started by Mayor Julián Castro to celebrate San Antonio as both a college town and a college-going town. To celebrate their commitment to higher education, San Antonio residents show their support by wearing college apparel on Signing Day. (Watch a video of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan attending a Signing Day in San Antonio).

To inspire students across the country to consider applying to college, we’re encouraging journalists, celebrities, government officials, and YOU to wear college gear on Friday, May 2. It can be as simple as a hat, tie, sweatshirt or socks–anything to help get the word out. We would be honored if you would join this effort and wear your college apparel on Friday and share photos on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine or any social media platform using the hashtag #ReachHigher.

In her remarks on Friday, the First Lady will highlight the significance of pursuing and completing some form of higher education and the importance of students doing their part to answer the President’s ‘North Star’ Education Goal that by the year 2020, America once again has the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.

Cameron Brenchley is director of digital strategy at the U.S. Department of Education


  1. There are great ideas coming from the office of the
    white house, I truly want to thank everyone for what they
    do daily. Sincerely, Abdulhakim Al-Amin, I will send a photo
    of myself with my college t-shirt when fall classes start during
    this fall of 2014, at Harvard Extension School for adults.
    But in the mean time I am on facebook.

  2. At many schools YouTube is blocked due to students having access to inappropriate materials. TeacherTube is a better vehicle to post your videos so we can show your clips to our classes. Thank you!

  3. My daughter attended North Carolina A & T and Towson University and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. She fell in love with Math and is working on a degree in this area. My daughter has been teaching math and, unfortunately, is a few credits shy for certification. Her classroom has been visited by members from MSDE because they wanted to see who the un-certified teacher was that was getting everything right under the new standards of Common Core. My daughter understands the guidelines for certified teachers but she has run out of time and money trying to meet the deadline. My daughter will be unemployed in 60 days. She is the best math teacher Baltimore City has. Students at Renaissance Academy voted her best teacher of the year and Baltimore City sent her to DHMS where she is teaching math to the grade 12 students to help them pass the Algebra1 HSA. My daughter has been a devoted, faithful, and motivated teacher who loves children and I’m sure she is probably one of many young people caught up in college loan debt trying to meet certification. She is and has been applying for jobs in different fields and no response. A couple of interviews with responses like “we will be in touch.” My daughter loves children and this is breaking her heart.
    A loving Mom

  4. I just received a package from my college with two sweatshirts inside. I don’t recall ordering them but I will be very proud to wear one on Friday. Congratulations to the First Lady and Dr. Biden for caring enough to send such an important message to students everywhere.

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