Choosing a college is a momentous decision for a high school senior. It is a huge step and worthy of celebration.

Florida College Decision Day, Florida’s adoption of the First Lady’s Reach Higher Initiative’s College Signing Day, is your opportunity to celebrate high school seniors for their postsecondary plans and to encourage younger students and their families to prepare early for college. Inspired by NCAA National Signing Day, Florida College Decision Day events support the idea that academic excellence is worthy of just as much praise and accolades as athletic excellence. Schools and communities celebrate high school seniors’ next education steps in a variety of ways: pep rallies, ceremonies, picnics, adorning college gear, guest speakers, and more.  You can even invite a guest speaker from the White House.

This year, the First Lady Michelle Obama has invited schools and communities to celebrate College Decision Day on April 26th. Florida CAN encourages all Florida high schools to host an event on or around that date, on a day that works for your school schedule.

Are you interested in hosting a College Decision Day event in 2016? Register your school or community to be part of the 2016 Florida College Decision Day here.  Florida CAN will provide you, at no cost, with tools, resources and technical assistance for hosting an event for your students.

For access to the 2016 Florida College Decision Day Toolkit, a comprehensive guide which includes valuable information on how to plan and hold a College Decision Day event, click here.

For highlights from last year’s Florida College Decision Day, including photos of events at dozens of participating schools, click here.

Are you interested in learning more? Contact Arianna Pineiro, Florida CAN’s Special Projects Coordinator, for more information at (813)-974-6429 or


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