FIRST Robotics Competition Blog

Celebrate the Class of 2023

May 09, 2023 Written by Michelle Long, Director of Alumni Relations





My job at FIRST® HQ is everything after high school – education, enlistment, employment – whatever your next steps are, it’s my job to help you in getting there. This time of year, that means GRADUATION.

Class of 2023: CONGRATULATIONS. We, across FIRST, are so proud of all that you have accomplished so far and all that you will accomplish in the future. You have made it through the most tumultuous years of high school that anyone could imagine. We are so proud to have you as a member of the FIRST community, and we look forward to being with you as you step into adulthood and become a FIRST alum.

To celebrate and recognize your new status as a FIRST alum, I hope that you’ll join in on FIRST Signing Day on Instagram on May 17 so that we can celebrate everything you’ve accomplished on your FIRST teams and everything you’ll do next!

What’s FIRST Signing Day?

FIRST Signing Day is an initiative originally conceived in 2016 by FIRST® Robotics Competition Team 2468, Team Appreciate, to celebrate and recognize graduating seniors. Since 2020, we have been partnering with 2468 to host FIRST Signing Day.

This year, join us on May 17 to celebrate FIRST graduates across the globe with shout-outs, congratulations, and signings from teams and supporters! Join us on May 17, by posting your team’s signing, individuals celebrating their next steps, or your community sharing their congratulations to the Class of 2023 with #FIRSTSigningDay.

Seriously, congratulations!

Whether your next steps after high school are going to college, enlisting, or straight into a career FIRST is proud of what you’ve accomplished during your time on teams and are excited to welcome you as FIRST alumni.

Be sure also to check out the resources below designed to help you successfully navigate life as a FIRST alum:

Have any questions? Or ideas for things we can improve? Send me an email at

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