Burbank seniors commit to colleges at first-ever academic signing day
Sacramento Pathways to Success partners participate in White House ‘Reach Higher’ event

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Local high schools have long participated in the tradition of athletic signing days to celebrate sports stars as they commit to a college. On Friday, May 1 – National College Decision Day – other seniors enjoyed their day of celebration, too.

The Sacramento Pathways to Success program – a partnership between Sacramento City Unified School District, Sacramento State and Sacramento City College – hosted a Reach Higher College Signing Day event at Luther Burbank High School.

At the celebration, about 200 graduating Burbank seniors joined with other college-bound teens across the county in signing commitment certificates to colleges and universities they will attend in the fall.

The students were greeted in Burbank’s library by the school’s drum line and Sac State’s Herky the Hornet mascot.

Principal Ted Appel introduced the program and welcomed seniors. “Every student, regardless of ZIPcode or circumstance, must graduate prepared to attend a four-year university or two-year community college or a career training program,” Appel said.

Reach Higher is First Lady Michelle Obama’s initiative to inspire students to complete their education past high school at either a four-year university, community college or professional training program. Reach Higher events are helping to rally young people to reach President Obama’s “North Star” goal: That America will have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020.

“We have to dispel that old, time-worn idea that a high school diploma is enough to land a good-paying job in today’s economy,” said SCUSD Superintendent José L. Banda.  “Post-secondary education is a must.”