May 1 is something like a holiday in the higher education world. It’s National College Signing Day, the day when all college-bound students announce to the world where they’re headed for college. It’s sort of a big deal.
But how can you and your student celebrate in this new stay-at-home-and-six-feet-apart world we’re currently living in? We have some tips.
First, let’s back up a bit and start at the beginning.
The history of College Signing Day
Remember a decade ago when there was a live TV show for Lebron to announce where he was going to play basketball the following season? That’s sort of how it is for outstanding high school athletes with National Signing Day when they announce which college they’re going to play for (and hopefully earn their degree from), just on a smaller scale.
Sports are great, but going to college specifically to get an education and create a better life for yourself is something worthy of recognition, too. Someone realized this and said, “Those are the students we should be celebrating.”
And that “someone” who decided there should be a day set aside for students to make their college choice announcement was Michelle Obama. She started the Reach Higher campaign during her time in the White House, and it grew to be a star-studded event that takes place at a different college each year (except this year, of course). Check out this video to see what we mean.
Is College Signing Day still happening?
So, that brings us to now. Here we are in the midst of a pandemic. Most high school seniors are missing out on celebrations like prom and graduation, so College Signing Day should definitely be celebrated, even if it has to be done virtually. So how can you help make it happen for your student?
How to celebrate College Signing Day in an unprecedented year
Your student can make their college choice announcement on social media. They should post a selfie wearing their college gear or colors, @mention their school, and use the hashtag #CollegeSigningDay. Encourage them to get creative with their post and have fun with it. And of course, they should comment on and interact with their friends’ College Signing Day posts. Consider setting up a Zoom session with family members or your student’s friends to talk about and celebrate their college decision. Maybe plan a viewing of some of these College Signing Day videos, too.
The bottom line is that going to college, community college, trade school or the military after high school should be celebrated. Especially now, when finding things to celebrate isn’t as easy. So make May 1 a holiday at your house. Turn off the news and turn your attention to your student, their accomplishments in high school and the exciting choice they’ve made for their future.