Deadline for the Race to the Top Commencement Challenge is March 11

UPDATE: The deadline for the Race to the Top Commencement Challenge has been extended to March 11, 2011.  This post has been updated to reflect that change.

The Race to the Top Commencement Challenge is back and we’re asking public high school students from across the country to tell us about ways their school is preparing them for college and a career.  In return, we'll make sure one high school has a graduation they'll never forget – including a commencement address by President Obama himself.

President Obama and our Administration believe education is key to winning the future. In order to ensure our long-term economic success, we need to focus on out-educating and out-competing the world.  That means helping to prepare students today for the jobs of tomorrow.  It means equipping students with the skills they’ll need to succeed in the 21st Century economy – encouraging them to be creative, to solve problems, to work together to design solutions to important problems. 

The Race to the Top Commencement Challenge is just one of the many ways we’re encouraging young people to actively engage in their educational success. Last year, over 1000 schools applied.  This year, we hope to continue encouraging applications from students from across the country. We’re accepting applications until Friday, March 11 at

Apply today and don't miss this opportunity to have an unforgettable high school commencement.

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Melody Barnes is Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council
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