Michelle Obama Surprises DC High School Students on College Signing Day


May 3, 2024

She joined the community in celebrating the class of 2024!

As reported by WUSA9, Thousands of graduating high school students from the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) region filled the Capital One Arena for College Signing Day 2024. Organized by the DC College Access Program, the event buzzed with excitement as students, families, and supporters celebrated the next chapter in these young scholars’ lives.

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College Signing Day, which takes place annually on May 1, is a big deal. It’s a chance for graduating seniors to declare their commitment to higher education, whether that means a four-year university, a community college, the military, or vocational training. It’s a turning point for students, and the energy of the event reflected that.

The highlight of the event was a surprise appearance by former First Lady Michelle Obama! Her message resonated deeply with the crowd. She urged the students to embrace challenges, keep learning, and never stop growing. Her words were a powerful reminder that these future leaders have the potential to make a real difference.

The event wasn’t just about speeches. Scholarships and prizes were awarded to deserving students, giving them a financial boost as they head to college. Local celebrities, including athletes from the Washington Wizards and Commanders, along with prominent figures like Ted Leonsis and Mayor Muriel Bowser, also joined the celebration, adding to the sense of occasion. A go-go band filled the arena with the vibrant energy of the DMV, making the whole event a joyful celebration. It was a day to recognize student achievement, resilience, and the boundless possibilities that lie ahead.


As the students stood at the crossroads of a new adventure, they were surrounded by supportive peers, mentors, and role models. College Signing Day was a powerful reminder that their journey is just beginning. The road ahead may not be easy, but with hard work and the support of their community, they can achieve their dreams.

Cover photo: Michelle Obama Surprises DC High School Students on College Signing Day / Credit: ALEXANDER VASSILIADIS

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