The wait is almost over.
Tomorrow morning at 11 AM EDT, we’ll announce President Obama’s selection for the winner of the first annual Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge. If you want to be among the first to know where he’s going, make sure you are on the White House email list.
One very lucky high school will have one very memorable commencement speaker– President Obama – and we are working to provide a Cabinet secretary or senior administration official to deliver the commencement address at each of the five schools not selected as the national winner. The Commencement Challenge kicked off in February with over 1,000 schools submitting applications demonstrating how they are promoting academic excellence and preparing their students to graduate college and career-ready. After a thorough evaluation that narrowed those applications down to six finalists, more than 170,000 people weighed in and helped us narrow the field down to three schools – Clark Montessori Jr. & Sr. High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, Denver School of Science and Technology in Denver, CO, and Kalamazoo Central High School in Kalamazoo, MI.
The top three finalists are now on President Obama’s desk awaiting a final decision. Which one will he choose? Join the email list or check out WhiteHouse.gov/Commencement tomorrow at 11 AM EDT to find out.
Dan Pfeiffer is White House Communications Director