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The White House
Office of the First Lady
For Immediate Release

First Lady Michelle Obama to Host 2016 College Signing Day Event in New York

Tuesday, April 26th 

*REMINDER TO RSVP* New York City, New York * 3:00PM ET – Tomorrow, as part of her Reach Higher initiative, First Lady Michelle Obama will be celebrating her signature College Signing Day at New York City’s Harlem Armory. More than 4,000 students from across New York high schools will be in attendance.  
College Signing Day continues the First Lady’s efforts to inspire young people to pursue their education past high school. In addition to the First Lady’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. The First Lady 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.
Last October, the First Lady launched Better Make Room, a public awareness campaign targeted at Generation Z, or young people ages 14-19, to celebrate education, change the national conversation, and give students the tools and resources they need to continue their education past high school. The Better Make Room campaign engages actors, singers, and sports icons in celebrating students for pursuing higher education. This past December the First Lady teamed up with College Humor, The Gregory Brothers, and Jay Pharoah to record the music video "Go To College," which will be performed at the event tomorrow. 
The following individuals will join the First Lady in celebrating over 4,000 students at the Harlem Armory:

  1. Aidy Bryant
  2. AJ Calloway
  3. Alessia Cara
  4. Allan Houston 
  5. Allison Williams
  6. Bailee Madison
  7. Ben Falcone
  8. Bradie Gene James
  9. Brandon Carr
  10. Calvin Johnson 
  11. Carla Hall 
  12. Carmelo Anthony
  13. Chef Roble
  14. Common
  15. Darren Criss
  16. Daymond John
  17. Derek Hough
  18. Deon Grant
  19. Diggy Simmons
  20. Elle Varner
  21. Emmy Rossum
  22. FC Harlem Team Members
  23. Jay Pharoah
  24. Jidenna
  25. Jon Rudnitsky
  26. Julianna Margulies
  27. Kelvin Beachum
  28. La La Anthony 
  29. LZ Granderson
  30. Matt and Kim
  31. Matthew Morrison
  32. Mariska Hargitay
  33. Mario Batali
  34. Melissa Benoist
  35. Melissa McCarthy 
  36. Nicole Beharie
  37. Sasheer Zamata
  38. Ted Allen
  39. Tom Colicchio
  40. Tracee Ellis Ross
  41. Yara Shahidi

This event will be hosted by MTV in conjunction with Viacom's Get Schooled initiative. This will be the third annual College Signing Day the First Lady has hosted to celebrate high school seniors choosing to pursue higher education at a professional training program, a community college, or a four-year college or university. The First Lady has hosted College Signing Day events in Detroit, Michigan in 2015 and in San Antonio, Texas in 2014.

This event will be open press, but space is limited. Livestream will be available via MTV’s Facebook page at Additional photo and video assets from the event will be made available immediately following at Members of the media who wish to cover this event must RSVP to by Monday, April 25, 2016 at 6:00PM ET. Press must include their full legal name, social security number, date of birth, country of citizenship, current city/state of residence and gender in their request.