The White House (December 4, 2014) – At the beginning of his administration, President Obama set a goal that the U.S. would once again lead the world in college graduates.

The President believes that expanding opportunity for more students to enroll and succeed in college is vital to building a strong economy and a strong middle class.

The President has already taken important steps to increase college access, including:

– Increasing Pell scholarships by $1,000 a year

– Creating the American Opportunity Tax Credit, worth up to $10,000 over four years of college

– Limiting student loan payments to 10 percent of income

– Laying out an ambitious agenda to reduce college costs and promote innovation and competition

In January, 140 college presidents and other leaders made commitments to support student success at the first White House College Opportunity Summit.

To build upon the success of that summit, on Thursday, December 4, President Obama and the First Lady will join college presidents and other leaders making new commitments to improve degree completion, sustain community collaborations that encourage college-going, train high school counselors as part of the First Lady’s Reach Higher initiative, and produce more STEM graduates with diverse backgrounds.

Here’s how you can participate in the College Opportunity Summit on Thursday, December 4th:

Watch the entire summit live here, or at White House College Opprtunity Summit.

9:00 a.m. ET: Opening remarks by Cecilia Muñoz, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council and Secretary Arne Duncan, U.S. Department of Education

9:15 a.m. ET: Panel discussions moderated by Cecilia Muñoz and Secretary Julian Castro, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

11:50 a.m. ET: Remarks by the President Barack Obama

2:45 p.m. ET: Remarks by First Lady Michelle Obama

3:00 p.m. ET: Remarks by Vice President Joe Biden

Add your voice to the conversation and follow along on social media with the hashtag #CollegeOpportunity.