The Liacouras Center was filled with stars for the fifth College Signing Day. The event was hosted by Nick Cannon and had appearances from, Bradley Cooper, Camila Cabello, Ciara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Keke Palmer, Kelly Rowland, Malcolm Jenkins, Questlove, Rebel Wilson, Robert De Niro, and Zendaya.
The biggest name of all was former First Lady Michelle Obama, who started the event in 2014 as a way to shine spotlight on high school seniors going to college.
Michelle Obama wanted to make sure all the students knew how proud she was of them.
“To all of the young people, not just here in this city but around the nation who are celebrating college signing day. We are proud of you.”
Robert De Niro shared his praise for the students, “Congratulations on your success in high school. And your poised for success in your next move. Your accomplishments required a lot of commitment and maturity. Those qualities will serve you well as you continue your adventure.”
The celebrities told stories of their college careers, gave advice to the students about how to excel as they continue their education, and emphasized the importance of education.
One student at the event said what the event meant to her.
“I think it motivated us more to go to college, and they gave us really good advice and things to do, not to do, and things to look out for, and it was really helpful,” she expressed.
Signing day started in just a dozen cities and has since grown to over 2,000 nationwide.