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May 01, 2020

Decision Day encourages and celebrates high school seniors’ plans for the future

High schools across Missouri are celebrating their seniors’ plans for the future during Decision Day, a program sponsored by the Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development.

Decision Day events are held nationwide on or near May 1 – the date by which most high school seniors are asked to notify a college of their plans to enroll. The events celebrate students’ plans to continue their education, enter military service, or enter the workforce.

Although Missouri high schools are not attending in-person classes, many schools are hosting virtual events via social media.

“This year more than ever it is important to celebrate the accomplishments of our high school seniors,” said Zora Mulligan, commissioner of higher education. “We want students to know that even in these uncertain times they should continue to explore their options for further education and training.”

In addition to celebrating seniors who have made plans, Decision Day helps seniors understand all of their options and take steps to make informed decisions about the future. It reminds students it is not too late to go to college, enter the military, or enroll in other training opportunities.

“We know a lot of things are different for the Class of 2020. Decision Day is really a jumping off point for students to take steps to figure out what’s next for them,” said Mulligan. “We want Missourians to understand all of their options – whether it’s an apprenticeship or work-based learning program, associate degree, bachelor’s degree or beyond – there is value in all forms of education and great jobs at every education level.”

Decision Day was inspired by the NCAA’s National Signing Day when student athletes sign a letter of intent to play college sports. Missouri launched Decision Day in 2016, and the program continues to grow each year.

Students are encouraged to announce their plans all summer via social media using #MODecisionDay.

Decision Day is one of three Journey to College programs sponsored by the department to help Missouri students understand their options for the future, secure financial aid, and succeed in their plans.


About the Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development: The department works to empower Missourians with the skills and education needed for success. More information about MDHEWD can be found at https://dhewd.mo.gov or on Facebook and Twitter @MoDHEWD.