More than 920 freshmen from Missoula County Public Schools will gather Thursday, Oct. 11, for the second annual Graduation Matters Freshman Rally at The University of Montana.

The event kicks off at 10 a.m. in Washington-Grizzly Stadium. Students will be greeted by the UM Marching Band and dignitaries such as MCPS Superintendent Alex Apostle, UM President Royce Engstrom and UM geosciences researcher Rebecca Bendick. Missoula Mayor John Engen will emcee the event, and Larry Simkins, president and CEO of the Washington Companies, will be the keynote speaker.

MCPS Superintendent Dr. Alex Apostle says the Graduation Matters Montana program has become hugely successful, and that the school district has many different strategies to assist students in their goal to graduate from high school, some that begin as early as elementary school.

MCPS Superintendent Dr. Alex Apostle