Former first lady Michelle Obama, continuing a tradition she began while in the White House, will host a “college signing day” on MTV next month, celebrating graduating high school seniors pursuing college, university or professional training programs.
Obama has hosted a college signing day event every year since 2014 as part of her Reach Higher initiative, which aims to make higher education more accessible. Her efforts have often involved creative ways of reaching young people, including a rap video.
This year’s event will be held at the famed Public Theater in New York on May 5, four days after the deadline for students to commit to a college or university to which they have been admitted.
The event, which MTV will air on its Facebook page, will be hosted by singer Nick Cannon, the network said Wednesday. It will feature a diverse group of famous guests, including comedian Billy Eichner, model Bella Hadid, chef Carla Hall, former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.), “Hamilton” star Renée Elise Goldsberry, actor Michael B. Jordan, The Roots drummer Questlove, and “Good Morning America” host Robin Roberts.
Obama has continued working on education issues after leaving the White House in January. She made a surprise visit to a public school in Washington, where she and the former first family live, and collaborated with Civic Nation, a nonprofit that says it focuses on “innovative engagement and awareness initiatives.”