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First Lady Michelle Obama will help Detroit College Access Network (DCAN) host the first College Signing Day at 10 a.m. Friday, May 1, 2015. The event will take place at Wayne State University’s Matthaei Physical Education Center, located at 5101 John C. Lodge Freeway in Detroit.

Detroit College Signing Day is Detroit’s take on the National College Signing Day, a program of the White House’s Reach Higher initiative. The program is modeled after the NCAA’s National Signing Day.

The pep-rally style event will bring more than 2,000 high school seniors from over 40 Detroit high schools to celebrate their academic futures with their teachers and counselors. Nonprofit organizations and representatives from higher education institutions will also be present.

“Members of the Detroit College Access Network have done world-class work to overcome many of the challenges facing our school systems. Their dedication has made college and other opportunities for postsecondary education possible for thousands of high school seniors,” said Excellent Schools CEO Dan Varner.

Space is limited and the venue for the first Detroit College Signing Day is expected to be filled to capacity. All high schools have been invited to attend, and any additional public tickets will be made available mid-week.

“Detroit kids are college material, and this event truly highlights the incredible progress that can be made when we work together to create a bright future for our students,” Varner added.