May 1, 2019 - LANSING, Mich. − The month of May kicks off College Decision Day events across Michigan. A record 300 high schools across the state are recognizing high school seniors for making plans to continue their education beyond high school. College Decision Day, which mimics the NCAA’s National Signing Day for athletes, celebrates high school seniors who are going to college while encouraging younger students and families to prepare for their education beyond high school.

 “College Decision Day celebrates every student who decides to further their education,” said Ryan Fewins-Bliss, Michigan College Access Network interim executive director. “From Manistee to Detroit, we want to celebrate students who decide to head to college. Different schools will hold varying celebrations, but all aim to recognize and applaud this important decision in the lives of students.”

 Since 2014, the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) has organized College Decision Day as a statewide event, an adaption of National College Signing Day. Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Reach Higher” initiative aimed to inspire every student across the country to take charge of their future by completing their education past high school. Events in Michigan start today and run through the month of May.

 MCAN has made a map available of all College Decision Day events here.

 To celebrate our seniors, people across the state are wearing college gear and sharing encouragement on social media. Show your support by using #MIDecisionDay and #ReachHigher support by posting pictures wearing college gear from your alma mater and join the conversation on social media like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. MCAN’s goal is to increase Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate to 60 percent by the year 2025.


About Michigan College Access Network 

As the leader in the state’s college access movement, MCAN’s mission is to increase Michigan’s college readiness, participation and completion rates, particularly among low-income students, first-generation college going students, and students of color. For the eighth year in a row, Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate has increased — from 35.7 percent of 25-to-64-year-olds possessing at least an associate degree in 2008, to 41 percent in 2018. Additionally, it is estimated another 4 percent of Michiganders have a high-quality certificate, bringing Michigan’s official attainment rate to 45 percent as of 2019. It is MCAN’s goal to increase Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate to 60 percent by the year 2025. For more information, visit

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