A Gates Millenium Scholar, a Dell Scholar, and five recipients of Lenfest Foundation Trustee Scholarships (to Penn State) were among the 565 college-bound seniors celebrated at Mastery Charter Schools’ College Signing Day at Temple University’s Liacouras Center Tuesday.

College Signing Day, an imitation of the signing days during which college-bound athletes announce their school choices, is MCS’ now-annual effort to both celebrate the seniors’ accomplishments and to inspire younger MCS students to follow in their footsteps.

MCS grads will attend a range of schools, from the West Coast (University of Southern California) to here in Philadelphia (Temple, Drexel, and La Salle, for instance), from large state schools like Penn State to small women’s colleges like Bryn Mawr. Ninety-six percent of the graduates will attend college or a post-secondary program, according to a statement from MCS.

Below are a few moments from MCS’ College Signing Day:

Mastery Charter Schools CEO Scott Gordon at College Signing Day. About 5,000 of the over 10,000 students in the 15-school charter school system attended, according to MCS Chief Innovation Officer Courtney Collins-Shapiro.
Penn State-bound seniors from the Mastery Charter Schools cheer at the conclusion of College Signing Day.
Mastery charter schools USC Jade Mickens
Waleed Edwards is also the first of his family to attend college. “It means the world to us as his parents and even more to our community,