CTX College Signing Day brought together over 1,000 graduating seniors from across the region to celebrate their academic achievements on April 28 at Concordia University. Inspired by the NCAA’s National Signing Day, CTX Signing Day reinforces the imperative that excellence in the classroom should be celebrated with as much pomp and circumstance as excellence in athletics.
The rally was led by college representatives, alumni and volunteers. On the gymnasium floor, students competed in college-themed games and heard inspirational remarks from community leaders. The event ended with the seniors standing and taking a “pledge” to reach higher as a group and go to college in the fall.
Organizers say most participants are first-generation college students—the first person in their families to go to college.
“We wanted to build a bridge to college across the summer for these students. It is a pretty daunting task to be the first one to go to college in your family,” says Khotan Shahbazi-Harmon, Director of Communications for E3 Alliance. “For our first-gen students, there are often no role models of others who have gone to college and succeeded.”
High school students gathered in April at the CTX College Signing Day to celebrate college attendance next fall. Photo courtesy of E3 Alliance.