ACAC and Reach Higher - College Signing Day 2020

Host a College Signing Day Event

Reach Higher is celebrating College Signing Day! As you may know, May 1st is the deadline by which many high school seniors tell colleges where they plan to attend in the fall. We are thrilled to invite schools and communities to join Reach Higher by hosting celebrations for all of your students who commit to continue their education after high school.

On April 7, Reach Higher and the American College Application Campaign hosted a webinar about how to host and support a College Signing Day in your school or community. This webinar reviewed templates and examples available to support individuals planning their events. We also heard from a high school counselor who shared their experiences and lessons learned hosting a College Signing Day event. Want to learn more about College Signing Day? Head to www.bettermakeroom.org/collegesigningday.

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Next Steps & Resources

Join the Twitter Chat

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
3:00 p.m. EDT/12:00 p.m. PDT

Join the Twitter chat to discuss tips for hosting a College Signing Day event in your community.


Stephanie Sprow OwenStephanie Sprow Owens serves as the director of programming, Reach Higher at the Common App. In that role, she leads campaigns to support students’ efforts to go to and complete college and serves as an advisor to former First Lady Michelle Obama regarding high school and postsecondary completion.  Previously, Stephanie served in multiple roles at the U.S. Department of Education under President Barack Obama’s administration, most notably with Mrs. Obama’s domestic education initiative. Stephanie also served at the Alliance for Excellent Education in Washington, D.C., and at the School District of Philadelphia. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Kathy DeKeyserKathy DeKeyser has spent 20 of her 25 years in education at Whitmore Lake Middle & High School, a small school just north of Ann Arbor, MI. She started out teaching high school English and French, but after earning her M.Ed. in School Counseling from Grand Valley State University (Go Lakers!), Kathy moved into the role of school counselor. One of her favorite parts of the job is working with students on their postsecondary plans, so she loves planning the College Bound Michigan initiative each year and celebrating the seniors at Decision Day. When she’s not at work, Kathy enjoys hanging out with her husband and three kids.

Laura RossLaura Ross is a school counselor at Five Forks Middle School in Lawrenceville, GA., and was recently named the 2020 School Counselor of the Year by the American School Counselor Association. A graduate of The University of Georgia, Ross has served as a school counselor for nine years. She has been at Five Forks Middle School since 2014. Ross’s prior work as a counselor at an adult men’s correctional facility fueled her passion for restorative justice in her current role at Five Forks. In addition to her school counseling responsibilities, Ross works with several programs to help create a connectedness culture. She is the founding sponsor of the school’s first Gay-Straight Alliance, serves as a cadre trainer for the Dove Self-Esteem Project, and is the school district’s Counseling Steering Committee middle school chair.