(April 28, 2014) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio will host the fourth annual College Signing Day on Friday, May 2, at the Convocation Center on the Main Campus. The citywide event organized by Destination College is for area high school seniors to celebrate their commitment to attending college. The keynote speaker will be first lady Michelle Obama, who will highlight the significance of pursuing a college education.
UTSA President Ricardo Romo will welcome the students and introduce Mayor Julian Castro, who will talk about his personal journey from San Antonio high school senior to mayor, and then introduce the first lady.
To demonstrate national support for higher education, the first lady is encouraging people across the country to join in this movement and on Friday, May 2 share photos of themselves in college apparel on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine and across additional social media platforms using the hashtag #ReachHigher.
The UTSA community should expect traffic delays on Friday because of the activities. On Friday, parking will be closed in Brackenridge lots 1 and 2, south of the Recreation Center and Convocation Center. UTSA community members should make parking arrangements accordingly.
College Signing Day is part of Destination College, a week of free events started during the tenure of Mayor Castro to celebrate San Antonio as both a college town and a college-going town. To mark their commitment to higher education, San Antonio residents show their support by wearing college apparel on College Signing Day.
San Antonio is one of the top college destinations in Texas with more than 150,000 students enrolled in a variety of colleges and universities. College Week is a component of the San Antonio Education Partnership, which has the goal of equipping students for college success.
The community is invited to the inauguration of UTSA President Taylor Eighmy, the sixth president of UTSA.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
The Provost's Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council hosts this forum to share and further explain the results of the survey and to offer the opportunity for faculty and staff to provide feedback.
Durango Building La Villita Room (DB 1.116), Downtown Campus
For more than 20 years, Josie Méndez-Negrete, a UTSA associate professor in Mexican American Studies, has endured the emotional journey of watching her son, Tito, struggle with schizophrenia. Her powerful account is the first memoir by a Mexican American author to share the devastation and hope a family experiences in dealing with this mental illness.
H-E-B Student Union Travis Room (HSU 2.212), Main Campus
Graduate and undergraduate student researchers pursuing majors in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts will present their original work.
Student Union Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
March Into Your Major is a major exploration fair intended to provide students with information on selecting their major.
H-E-B Student Union Ballroom (HSU 1.104/1.106), Main Campus
The UTSA community is invited to this town hall meeting to learn more about progress of the Student Success Presidential initiative.
Frio Street Building (FS 1.512), Downtown Campus
Author Annette Angela Portillo will read her book, which examines Native American women’s autobiographical discourses and multiple-voiced life stories that resist generic conventional notions of first-person narrative.
McKinney Humanities Building (MH 3.02.24), Main Campus
Chelsea Wentworth, anthropology professor at High Point University, will discuss women’s roles in changing customary feasting patterns so that feasts can serve as a coping mechanism for children’s food insecurity in urban areas the South Pacific Island nation, Vanuatu.
H-E-B Student Union Travis Room (HSU 2.202), Main Campus
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