Hall-of-Famer Dawn Staley is keynote speaker at Philly's annual 'College Signing Day'

Mike DeNardo
April 28, 2019 - 4:00 am
Dawn Staley

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Six-thousand Philadelphia high school seniors will gather on Wednesday for a sendoff before their college careers.  

Last year, former First Lady Michelle Obama visited the Liacouras Center for the School District of Philadelphia's annual "College Signing Day," an event that celebrates Philadelphia students heading to college. This year, on May 1, Michelle Obama will appear on video. The in-person keynote speaker is Dobbins Tech grad and Basketball Hall-of-Famer Dawn Staley. Event chair Tia Rideout says Staley, the former Temple and current South Carolina women's basketball coach, is eager to return home.
"Dawn is very excited to come back to her hometown to give love and support to all of the students here in Philadelphia," Rideout said.
She says the Signing Day event gives students a chance to celebrate their achievement and meet some of their future college classmates.
"We want our students to know that in Philadelphia, we honor them," Rideout said. "They have worked very hard for the past 12 years in order to get where they are. And we want to congratulate them to understand that the next step is post-secondary."
She says the event costs $50,000-$60,000 to put on. Rideout says the district pays some, but most of the cost is covered by sponsors.