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High School Seniors Celebrate Their Next Chapter During Decision Day 2023

Mesa County Decision Day Road Tour kicks off on May 1 from 9am to 1:30pm

Decision Day is a day of anticipation, excitement and celebration as high school students across the nation announce where they will spend the next four years and prepare to enter into the next chapter of their lives.  

As their senior year comes to a close, a majority of high school students have applied for their college of choice and have eagerly awaited news about their admissions status for the upcoming academic year. Decision Day marks a significant milestone for these students as they share with the world their choice university and that they have been accepted for the Fall 2023 semester.

To honor these students, Colorado Mesa University Admissions staff will head to Fruita Monument High School, Grand Junction High School, Central High School, Palisade High School and Caprock on Monday, May 1 to celebrate the new Mavs who have committed to CMU and to meet those who have been admitted but are still unsure if college is the right path for them.

To applaud the Mesa County Valley District 51 students, CMU will be joined by City of Grand Junction Mayor Anna Stout, who is a CMU alumna herself, Palisade Mayor Greg Mikolai and D51 Superintendent Brian Hill.

The programming will include a check presentation showcasing the total scholarship dollars awarded to the senior class at each school, which totals $4,845,560. Fruita High School seniors will receive the most scholarship dollars at $1,272,120, Central High has earned $1,264,752, Grand Junction High $1,074,712, Palisade $962,528 and Caprock Academy $271,448.

“Decision Day is a time when future Mavericks celebrate their accomplishments with family and friends and all the hard work that has led them to continue their education. It’s also the time when we get to honor their perseverance and talents and welcome them into our Mavily,” said CMU President John Marshall. “What’s also remarkable is the amount of scholarship dollars these students have earned. Nearly $5 million is certainly something to celebrate.”

In addition to the check presentation, programming includes an Admission book scholarship drawing, music from the Rowdy Brass Band, a Mesa OutLoud! performance and more.

Decision Day at CMU is not only a moment of celebration for the students but also a reflection of the university's commitment to providing access to quality higher education and fostering a supportive community. CMU offers a wide range of academic programs, scholarships and opportunities for students to excel in their chosen fields and prepare for successful careers. 

CMU will be at the following high schools at the times below. Media is welcome to attend any and all events.  

9am Central High School

10:30am Palisade High School

12pm Grand Junction High School

1:30pm Fruita Monument High School


Written by Kelsey Coleman