College signing week to celebrate Montana graduates' post-secondary plans


April 30, 2019

Montana University System

HELENA — Montana high schools across the state will celebrate students’ post-graduation plans with College Signing Week events from April 29 to May 3 through a joint initiative by the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education and the Office of Public Instruction.

College Signing Week events will celebrate high school graduates’ commitments to career, technical, military or college programs of study.

“Graduating from high school is an important accomplishment and so are the plans students make for their lives after high school. We want to bring some attention and recognition to that,” said Commissioner of Higher Education Clayton Christian.

The event is based on the tradition of celebrating the first day each year that high school students can sign a letter of intent for collegiate athletics. College Signing Week events provide schools a chance to cultivate a college-going atmosphere for all grade levels by celebrating the post-secondary plans made by graduates. Using encouragement through recognition, a College Signing Week event supports students in their plans after high school, and nurtures inclusivity and community by recognizing a student’s post-high school goals.

The state-wide initiative is coordinated by Montana GEAR UP within the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education in partnership with Montana’s Office of Public Instruction.  

“College Signing Week celebrates the culmination of Montana’s investment in students,” State Superintendent Elsie Arntzen said. “As high school seniors reflect on the skills that they have acquired, they can now pursue college educations, workforce training programs, or military pathways that will allow them to succeed in Montana-ready careers.”

This week, Montana high schools will recognize graduates in their transition out of high school and demonstrate to younger students that a post-high school plan is possible.

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