Uplift students’ individual and collective strength is a result of the social and economic challenges they face every day. We come together at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas to celebrate this resilience and the bright future of our students.
Uplift Education is excited to announce the 12th annual Senior Decision Day (formerly College Signing Day), which will honor 940 high school seniors in the class of 2022 on Monday, April 11th at 11:40 a.m. (doors open at 11:00 a.m.) at AT&T Stadium. Senior Decision Day is the opportunity for Uplift soon-to-be graduates to announce their college and career plans to nearly 8,000 family, friends, classmates and VIPS in attendance. This high energy event is the culmination of years of hard work, dedication, and focus for Uplift students, and a tradition that is looked forward to by underclassmen.
100% of Uplift graduates are accepted to college and nearly 90% matriculate to college each year. Uplift graduates also earn college degrees at a rate of 4X the national average for economically disadvantaged students (80% of Uplift graduates are low income). While Uplift believes that college success is possible for all its graduates, the network also helps build sustainable futures for those graduates who choose not to go to college, through pathways to trade schools and licensure programs. Whether their future is college, career, or military service, Senior Decision Day celebrates all those bright futures.
“We are incredibly proud of the way this year’s senior class is maintaining their academic goals, “said Uplift CEO, Yasmin Bhatia, “often while working to help support their family. They have also shown creativity and enthusiasm as they have built new traditions and memories for their senior year during a continuation of our pandemic. We want them to celebrate and to be celebrated by their families, friends and the educators who helped get them achieve their goals. The class of 2022 is proof that college is a possibility for any student, regardless of their zip code.
We encourage the community to watch via livestream, which can be accessed through our Uplift web site, and post to social media using the hashtag #UpliftSDD to support our seniors. While we all adapt to this “new normal”, we are confident that NOTHING has changed for our seniors as they prepare for their future. They are equipped with solid, globally-focused academic knowledge, key critical thinking skills, and strong leadership abilities.
This pandemic has created a critical void across Dallas/FW’s most underserved and challenged communities. Schools play a vital role in every neighborhood and are often the source of stability in a young person’s life, providing education, meals, and a place to stay safe. These students have worked incredibly hard for this and there is no way we can let that go unrecognized.