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Former first lady Michelle Obama will join thousands of students in Philadelphia for College Signing Day on May 2.

Obama will be the keynote speaker and visit Temple University’s Liacouras Center for the fifth annual signing day, a national event hosted by Reach Higher. The event, which is a part of Obama’s Reach Higher initiative to inspire students to pursue higher degrees in education, is expected to have approximately 8,000 high school students in attendance.

“Mrs. Obama has been a tireless champion for quality education and experiences for students in this country, working to advance arts education, healthy school lunches, and equal opportunities for students of color, in particular,” said William Hite, superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia, according to a press release.

“I can think of few people who have had a more positive impact on the American educational landscape in recent years, and who have worked harder to improve outcomes for our students. We are very grateful to have her join us this year.”


Obama will be joined by other celebrities including Zendaya, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Kelly Rowland, and football players from the Philadelphia Eagles.

In the past years, she has also attended College Signing Days in New York, Detroit, and San Antonio, Texas. The event tickets cost $55 each.

Obama visited Philadelphia on Oct. 3 for the Pennsylvania Conference for Women, where she was the keynote speaker and gave career advice for women and talked about her life after leaving the White House.

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