May saw Central Texas host its first College Signing Day, an event aimed at honoring high school seniors taking the next step into higher learning.
Over 400 students from 24 different high schools took part in the pep rally hosted by Huston-Tillotson University, where they pledged to pursue their higher education goals..
“It is a wonderful thing to be able to congratulate these young people on achieving their college dreams,” stated Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro.
For many students, realizing their dream of higher education is more than a personal accomplishment; it also serves as an inspiration for future generations.
“It’s not just them, it’s them being a role model,” said E3 Alliance President Susan Dawson.
Senior Delilah Miramontes echoed that mentality, hoping she can inspire those close to home.
“It’s such a big step for my family,” she said. “My parents didn’t go to college, and I know this inspires my little brother to continue.”
The event was tied to National Decision Day, a nationwide event meant to celebrate seniors for their post secondary plans.