MTV to Host 2017 College Signing Day Featuring Former First Lady Michelle Obama
On Friday May 5th, MTV will host the 2017 College Signing Day featuring former First Lady Michelle Obama. The event will be held at New York City's Public Theater with more than 200 students from across New York City high schools. This is the 4th consecutive year that Mrs. Obama has celebrated College Signing Day. Mrs. Obama will be joined by actors, singers, athletes and stars including: Nick Cannon, Keri Russell, Bella Hadid, Jidenna, Michael B. Jordan, Zoe Kravitz, Emeka Okafor, Mathew Rhys, Robin Roberts and more.
College Signing Day celebrates high school seniors choosing to pursue higher education at a professional training program, a community college, or a four-year college or university and continues Mrs. Obama's efforts to inspire young people to pursue their education past high school. In addition to Mrs. Obama's event in New York, more than 1,000 College Signing Day events have been planned in nearly every state by communities, students and organizations committed to helping students pursue higher education. Mrs. Obama is encouraging 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.
Livestream will be available via MTV's Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/MTV.
Mrs. Obama's college access work now lives at Civic Nation, a non-profit focused on innovative engagement and awareness initiatives. The organization now includes members of Mrs. Obama's Reach Higher and Better Make Room teams. This is the second consecutive year that MTV will host the event in conjunction with Viacom's Get Schooled initiative.
As part of her Reach Higher initiative at the White House, Mrs. Obama has hosted College Signing Day events in Harlem in 2016 with MTV, in Detroit, Michigan in 2015 and in San Antonio, Texas in 2014.
The full list of individuals joining Mrs. Obama in celebrating over 200 students at the Public Theater includes:
1. Andy Cohen, Talk Show Host
2. Ashley Graham, Model
3. Bella Hadid, Model
4. Billy Eichner, Actor
5. Black Thought, Music Artist
6. Bryan Greenberg, Actor and Singer
7. Carla Hall, Chef and Television Personality
8. Charlamagne tha God, Radio and Television Personality
9. Clinton Kelly, Fashion Consultant
10. Derrick Morgan, NFL Linebacker for the Tennessee Titans
11. Emeka Okafor, NBA Athlete
12. Gabby Giffords, Former U.S. Congresswoman
13. Gail Simmons, Cookbook and Food Author
14. Hannah Bronfman, DJ and Model
15. iJustine, Youtube Personality
16. James Franklin, COLLEGE FOOTBALL Coach at Penn State University
17. Jidenna, Music Artist
18. Keri Russell, Actress
19. Lana Parilla, Actress
20. Luvvie Ajayi, Author and Speaker
21. Mark Kelly, Former American Astronaut
22. Matthew Rhys, Actor
23. Michael B. Jordan, Actor
24. Neil Patrick Harris, Actor
25. Nick Cannon, Performing Artist
26. Olivia Palermo, Actress
27. Questlove, Music Artist
28. Renee Elise Goldsberry, Actress
29. Robin Roberts, Television Host
30. Soledad O'Brien, Broadcast Journalist
31. Swin Cash, WNBA Athlete
32. Tamron Hall, Broadcast Jounalist
33. Ted Allen, Television Host
34. Zoe Kravitz, Actress, Singer, and Model