Former First Lady Michelle Obama has announced that she will be participating in MTV’s “College Signing Day.” The program is being held next month and will celebrate the moment that thousands of high school student’s commit to pursuing higher learning.
Obama’s commitment to encouraging students to pursue higher education was one of the themes of her tenure as First Lady. During her time in the White House, she celebrated three College Signing Days.
This year’s event will be held on May 5th at the New York Public Theater. The former First Lady will speak to 200 students from public schools across the five boroughs. More than 1,000 similar events have been planned across the country.
To help promote the event, Michelle Obama made a video where she discussed the importance of higher education and stressed the importance of working to achieve your goals.
‘One of my greatest honors of my life was serving as your First Lady and one of my greatest joys is hearing the stories of young people like you pursuing your dreams through education. I love hearing about how you’ve challenged yourself, how you’ve overcome obstacles. You are working to create a life you can be proud of. And I want you to know I’m rooting for you every step of the way. Trust me, you’ve got this.’
Obama also encouraged students to share where they would be attending college via use of #CollegeSigningDay.
Obama’s words in the video echoed the final speech she gave as First Lady where she encouraged young people to build a better world.
‘I want our young people to know that they matter, that they belong. So don’t be afraid. You hear me, young people? Don’t be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered.
Empower yourself with a good education. Then get out there and use that education to build a country worthy of your boundless promise. Lead by example with hope, never fear. And know that I will be with you, rooting for you and working to support you for the rest of my life’
The full video can be seen below.
Featured image via screengrab from Youtube.