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First Lady Michelle Obama to Visit San Antonio and Celebrate College-Bound Students

by: Katherine Haenschen

Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 03:00 PM CDT

This week is college week in San Antonio, in which high school students celebrate their path to higher education. The week culminates in a special "College Signing Day" ceremony on Friday, at which graduating seniors announce and celebrate their college acceptances.

First Lady Michelle Obama will take part in Friday's College Signing Day, Mayor Julian Castro announced on Monday.

The event is part of the SA2020 goal to get more San Antonio students to graduate high school and complete college. According to Destination College, an effort to encourage students to pursue higher education, San Antonio's high school graduation rates have jumped from about 50 percent in 2010 to 92 percent in 2012.

Read more about Destination College below the jump.

The purpose of Destination College is to get students thinking about where they want to go to college, and why college is important for many students who want to pursue careers that require a degree. The city of San Antonio itself is a destination for many college-bound Texas students, as it is home to over 150,000 students at a variety of institutions.

All week, participating high schools are building excitement through events such as "Dress for Success Day."

Throughout his terms as mayor, Julian Castro has demonstrated a significant, high-profile commitment to high school students in his city.

The mayor promised to dye his hair blonde if Lanier High School made the basketball playoffs, and followed through on his pledge to show students his commitment to their success, encouraging them to follow their dreams. He did, and hopefully they will too!

Destination College is part of the focus of SA2020, an  organization that started as the vision of Mayor Castro to create a brainpower community that is the liveliest city in the nation. In 2011, SA2020 became a formalized non-profit and held an extensive public process to develop goals for San Antonio and pursue benchmarks in pursuit of success. Education was identified as one of the 11 main causes for the community, with a goal of increasing high school graduation, college enrollment, and college completion in the San Antonio population. Currently, approximately 23% of San Antonio residents have a college degree.

This effort and the backing of high-profile individuals such as Mayor Castro and Michelle Obama sends a strong message that academic achievement should be important to all San Antonio students, and that every person deserves a chance to pursue their dreams.  

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