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MTV TO HOST 2017 COLLEGE SIGNING DAY FEATURING FORMER FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA IN NEW YORK CITY AT THE PUBLIC THEATER ON MAY 5TH

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New York, NY – April 26, 2017 – On Friday May 5th, MTV will host the 2017 College Signing Day featuring former First Lady Michelle Obama. The event will be held at New York City’s Public Theater with more than 200 students from across New York City high schools. This is the 4th consecutive year that Mrs. Obama has celebrated College Signing Day. Mrs. Obama will be joined by actors, singers, athletes and stars including: Nick Cannon, Keri Russell, Bella Hadid, Jidenna, Michael B. Jordan, Zoe Kravitz, Emeka Okafor, Mathew Rhys, Robin Roberts and more.
 
College Signing Day celebrates high school seniors choosing to pursue higher education at a professional training program, a community college, or a four-year college or university and continues Mrs. Obama’s efforts to inspire young people to pursue their education past high school. In addition to Mrs. Obama’s event in New York, more than 1,000 College Signing Day events have been planned in nearly every state by communities, students and organizations committed to helping students pursue higher education. Mrs. Obama is encouraging peopleacross the country to join her in marking College Signing Day by wearing college apparel and sharing the importance of higher education on social media through #CollegeSigningDay and #BetterMakeRoom.
 
Livestream will be available via MTV’s Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/MTV. The event will be open press, but space is extremely limited. Additional photo and video assets from the event will be made available immediately following at www.mtvpress.com.
 
Mrs. Obama’s college access work now lives at Civic Nation, a non-profit focused on innovative engagement and awareness initiatives. The organization now includes members of Mrs. Obama’s Reach Higher and Better Make Room teams. This is the second consecutive year that MTV will host the event in conjunction with Viacom's Get Schooled initiative.
 
As part of her Reach Higher initiative at the White House, Mrs. Obama has hosted College Signing Day events in Harlem in 2016 with MTV, in Detroit, Michigan in 2015 and in San Antonio, Texas in 2014.
 
The full list of individuals joining Mrs. Obama in celebrating over 200 students at the Public Theater includes:
  1. Andy Cohen, Talk Show Host
  2. Ashley Graham, Model
  3. Bella Hadid, Model
  4. Billy Eichner, Actor
  5. Black Thought, Music Artist
  6. Bryan Greenberg, Actor and Singer
  7. Carla Hall, Chef and Television Personality
  8. Charlemagne tha God, Radio and Television Personality
  9. Clinton Kelly, Fashion Consultant
  10. Derrick Morgan, NFL Linebacker for the Tennessee Titans
  11. Emeka Okafor, NBA Athlete
  12. Gabby Giffords, Former U.S. Congresswoman
  13. Gail Simmons, Cookbook and Food Author
  14. Hannah Bronfman, DJ and Model
  15. iJustine, YouTube Personality
  16. James Franklin, College Football Coach at Penn State University
  17. Jidenna, Music Artist
  18. Keri Russell, Actress
  19. Lana Parilla, Actress
  20. Luvvie Ajayi, Author and Speaker
  21. Mark Kelly, Former American Astronaut
  22. Matthew Rhys, Actor
  23. Michael B. Jordan, Actor
  24. Neil Patrick Harris, Actor
  25. Nick Cannon, Performing Artist
  26. Olivia Palermo, Actress
  27. Questlove, Music Artist
  28. Renee Elise Goldsberry, Actress
  29. Robin Roberts, Television Host
  30. Soledad O’Brien, Broadcast Journalist
  31. Swin Cash, WNBA Athlete
  32. Tamron Hall, Broadcast Jounalist
  33. Ted Allen, Television Host
  34. Zoe Kravitz, Actress, Singer, and Model
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