• News Release: Graduation Season Kicks Off with College and Career Signing Days

    News Release: Graduation Season Kicks Off with College and Career Signing Days

    April 30, 2019
    For Immediate Release
    CONTACT:
    Office of Communications
    301-952-6001

    UPPER MARLBORO, MD – Graduation season in Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) begins this week with College Signing Day on May 1, a celebration of students’ commitment to higher education, and the inaugural CTE Career Signing Day on May 2 for students entering private industry, apprenticeships and military service.

    "Excellence is our standard for every student, from the first day of school to graduation day," said Dr. Monica Goldson, Interim Chief Executive Officer. "We are proud to celebrate our young achievers for charting a course beyond high school that will prepare them for a bright future. Through a commitment to academic excellence, our graduates have earned their success and our admiration."  

    PGCPS College Signing Day aims to inspire more students to pursue higher education, part of the national College Signing Day/Reach Higher initiative by former first lady Michelle Obama. Several schools will host Signing Day events, during which students will announce their plans. 

    CTE Career Signing Day is new this year. Business partners who plan to hire students in the Career and Technical Education program will be in attendance Thursday at the formal event, held at Plumbers and Gasfitters Local 5 Training Center in Lanham.

    Additionally, the Heart of America Foundation will open a new College and Career Center at Parkdale High School, featuring new furniture, 40 Chromebooks, computers, career-themed artwork and more. 

    High school seniors are encouraged to share their plans on social media (#PGCPSCollegeSigningDay, #CTECareerSigningDay and #AchievingExcellence).

    PGCPS Signing Day events:

    Wednesday, May 1

    Parkdale High School, 6001 Good Luck Road, Riverdale
    Doors open: 7:30 a.m. 
    Ribbon-cutting: 8 a.m.

    Friendly High School, 10000 Allentown Road, Fort Washington
    8 a.m. 

    Frederick Douglass High School, 8000 Croom Road, Upper Marlboro
    8:30 a.m. 

    Gwynn Park High School, 13800 Brandywine Road, Brandywine
    8:30 a.m. 

    High Point High School, 3502 Powder Mill Road, Beltsville
    8:50 a.m.

    Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School, 12650 Brooke Lane, Upper Marlboro
    9 a.m.

    Eleanor Roosevelt High School, 7601 Hanover Parkway, Greenbelt
    9:30 a.m. — noon

    Crossland High School, 6902 Temple Hill Road, Camp Springs
    9:30 a.m. — 10:45 a.m.

    Laurel High School, 8000 Cherry Lane, Laurel
    9:30 a.m. 

    DuVal High School, 9880 Good Luck Road, Lanham
    9 a.m.

    Oxon Hill High School, 6701 Leyte Drive, Oxon Hill
    10 a.m. 

    Central High School, 200 Cabin Branch Road, Capitol Heights
    1 p.m.

    Thursday, May 2

    CTE Career Signing Day
    Plumbers and Gasfitters Local 5 Training Center, 5000 Forbes Blvd., Lanham
    11 a.m. — 1 p.m.

    Friday, May 3

    Charles H. Flowers High School, 10001 Ardwick-Ardmore Road, Springdale
    8:30 a.m.

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    About PGCPS: Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS), one of the nation's 25 largest school districts, has 206 schools and centers, more than 134,000 students and 22,000 employees. Under the leadership of Dr. Monica Goldson, the school system serves a diverse student population from urban, suburban and rural communities located in the Washington, DC suburbs. PGCPS is nationally recognized for college and career-readiness programs that provide students with unique learning opportunities, including dual enrollment and language immersion.