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Student Government Day

Student Government Day 2023 Registration Now Open! Register by February 17, 2023, using this link: SGD 2023 Registration

In 1947, the Massachusetts Legislature enacted a program called Student Government Day (originally Good Government Day) which is traditionally held on a Friday in April. This is an informative program about state government, that includes students participating in the role of elected or appointed officials to "observe the processes of government."

The program provides educators and students from Massachusetts's public and private high schools with many opportunities to learn first hand about state government. It enables government officials to have contact with students. It allows students to voice their positions on important current issues through prepared debates. It enables students to participate in the legislative process through simulated committee hearings and House and Senate formal sessions. It provides the opportunity for students to exchange views with their peers throughout the state on statewide issues.

Traditionally, Student Government Day is held at the Massachusetts State House. However, we have not yet determined the format (virtual/hybrid/in person) of Student Government Day 2023. We hope to be able to safely host this year's event in person and will provide updates as we have them so that you can plan accordingly.

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Last Updated: December 9, 2022

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