College Signing Day 2019: Their Legacy Starts Here

For families at IDEA, no event represents every family’s hopes and dreams more than College Signing Day. From tearful thank you speeches to the roar of the crowd as each student joyfully proclaims where he or she will attend college this fall.

Nearly 25,000 spectators across three regions are expected as 1,185 IDEA seniors celebrate their commitment to college at our annual College Signing Day events in the Rio Grande Valley, and for the first graduating classes in Austin and San Antonio.

College Signing Day is the culmination of years of hard work and marks a momentous occasion in each scholar’s academic journey. We are proud to celebrate our students’ long-standing commitment to receiving a postsecondary education throughout the next two weeks as each scholar, one by one, reveals where they will attend college this fall.

The festivities kick off in Austin with IDEA Montopolis’ first graduating class at the Palmer Events Center on April 17. Next up, it’s IDEA Carver, San Antonio’s first graduating class in the region at the Laurie Auditorium at Trinity University. The following week, schools in the RGV join in celebration with three college signing day events on April 23, 24, and 25 at the Bert Ogden Arena in Edinburg.

In addition to recognizing the hard work and dedication each student has displayed in the culmination of their secondary education, each presentation also serves as a school spirit day to build excitement around the process of selecting and enrolling in college—especially for younger students who will make similar decisions someday.

As part of our mission to become the region’s largest creator of college graduates, we take great pride in honoring the academic milestones and educational success of each of our students. In addition to being upholding our legacy of 100% college acceptance for the 13th year in a row, this has been a banner year of record-setting achievements for the Class of 2019 including:

More than 752 first generation college students

* 1,185 college bound seniors

* 5,918 college acceptances from 362 universities including 13 Ivy League colleges

* 254 Tier 1 acceptances and 988 Tier 2 acceptances

Students from this year’s graduating class will accept spots at Cornell University, Brown University, Columbia University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Loyola University of Chicago, Air Force Academy, Rice University, University of Chicago, University of Texas at Austin, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, George Washington University and more.

College Signing Day 2019 Event Lineup


April 17 – 10:00 a.m.

Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704 (Directions)

IDEA Montopolis


April 18 – 10:00 a.m.

Trinity University Laurie Auditorium, 715 Stadium Drive, San Antonio, TX (Directions)

IDEA Carver


April 23 – 10:00 a.m.

Bert Ogden Arena, 4900 S, I-69C, Edinburg, TX (Directions)

IDEA Frontier– IDEA San Benito – IDEA Brownsville – IDEA Weslaco

April 24 – 10:00 a.m.

Bert Ogden Arena, 4900 S, I-69C, Edinburg, TX (Directions)

IDEA Quest – IDEA Edinburg – IDEA San Juan – IDEA Pharr – IDEA Toros

April 25 – 10:00 a.m.

Bert Ogden Arena, 4900 S, I-69C, Edinburg, TX (Directions)

IDEA Donna – IDEA McAllen – IDEA Mission – IDEA Alamo

We would like to congratulate each member of the graduating class on this momentous occasion and invite the community to help celebrate the collective success of the Class of 2019!

Persons unable to attend the College Signing Day 2019 presentation may watch a live stream of the events at or on the IDEA Public Schools Facebook page at

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