Michelle Obama Hosts College Signing Day With Camila Cabello, Zendaya & Other Celebs

Former First Lady Michelle Obama hosted her fifth annual National College Signing Day today in Philadelphia with a celeb-packed event to celebrate. Approximately 8,000 high school seniors filled Temple University’s Liacouras Center to take part in performances and pep talks from the likes of Zendaya, Robert DeNiro, Karlie Kloss, Janelle Monae and more.

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Michelle Obama is joined onstage by Kelly Rowland, Karlie Kloss and more for college signing day.
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Skechers ambassador Camila Cabello was on hand to perform, ditching sneakers for white ankle booties as she hit the stage. Kelly Rowland, on the other hand, was laced up in Nikes — a secure choice for her energetic leap into the air as she was introduced before speaking to the students.

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Camilla Cabello performs at College Signing Day in Philadelphia.
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A first-generation college student, herself, Obama of course also dropped jewels of wisdom throughout the day.

“I am so proud of you all. You did just what I did. You ignored the haters,” said Obama. “I want you to know: It is perfectly normal for you to be scared about this next step. I certainly was.”

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Kelly Rowland leaps into the air at College Signing Day.
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She added, “We love you so much. We have such high hopes for you. I know you have everything it takes to succeed.”

Obama also shared several photos to her Instagram account to commemorate the festivities.

“#CollegeSigningDay has become one of my favorite traditions. It’s a day when we can all come together to honor your passion and ambition and cheer you on,” she said in a caption for one of her posts.

National College Signing Day was started by the former First Lady in 2014 as a means to highlight and celebrate students headed for college. This year 600,000 students were registered to participate in the special occasion, with events taking place in 2,000 different locations nationwide. Past fetes have been held in Detroit, New York and San Antonio, Texas.

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(L-R): Rebel Wilson, Zendaya, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Nick Cannon, Michelle Obama.
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Other notable attendees at today’s Philadelphia gathering included Ciara, Nick Cannon, Bradley Cooper, Questlove, Rebel Wilson and more.

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