Chancellor Nancy Cantor Among Higher Education Leaders Joining President Obama at White House College Opportunity Day of Action Dec. 4

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On Thursday, December 4, the President, Vice President and First Lady will host the second College Opportunity Day of Action at The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. In January, the President and First Lady joined over 140 college presidents and other education leaders to announce commitments to expand college opportunity at the first ever White House College Opportunity Day of Action.

Thursday’s event will build on the commitments announced in January, with over 300 college presidents and other leaders launching initiatives in new areas.  Rutgers University-Newark Chancellor Nancy Cantor will be among these leaders.

This event will focus on building networks of colleges around promoting completion, investing in high school counselors as part of the First Lady’s Reach Higher initiative, creating K-16 partnerships around college readiness, and increasing the number of college graduates in STEM fields. The day of action helps to support the President’s commitment to partner with colleges and universities, business leaders, and nonprofits to support students across the country to help our nation reach its goal of leading the world in college attainment.


9:00 AM Opening Remarks: Cecilia Muñoz, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council and Secretary Arne Duncan, U.S. Department of Education

9:15 AM Panel Discussions I and II: Moderated by Cecilia Muñoz and Secretary Julian Castro, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development 

11:50 AM Remarks by THE PRESIDENT

2:45 PM Remarks by THE FIRST LADY 



This event is POOLED for television and open to limited pre-credentialed still photographers and correspondents.

Still photographers and correspondents who wish to cover the President’s remarks should RSVP HERE(><) by Wednesday, December 3 at 9:00 AM ET.