Former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson Obama2020 is not a family affair, for a change Former speechwriter says Michelle Obama came up with 'when they go low we go high' line CBC marks 400th anniversary of slaves' arrival in US MORE will participate in MTV’s “College Signing Day” next month to celebrate hundreds of high school students pursuing higher education.

During her tenure in the White House, Michelle Obama celebrated three annual College Signing Days as a way to celebrate students who plan to continue education or professional training beyond high school.

This year’s event will be held on May 5 at New York City’s Public Theater with more than 200 students from New York City high schools. More than 1,000 signing day events have also been planned around the country, according to a release by MTV.

"I love hearing about how you’ve challenged yourself, how you’ve overcome obstacles,” Obama said in a video announcing the May event. "You are working to create a life you can be proud of. And I want you to know I’m rooting for you every step of the way. Trust me, you’ve got this.”


The first lady encouraged students to share where they are going to college across social media on May 5 with #CollegeSigningDay.

This is the second year in a row the event will be hosted by MTV and the second year it will take place in New York. The former first lady hosted the event in Harlem in New York City in 2016, Detroit in 2015 and in San Antonio, Texas in 2014.