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Student Government Day

Student Government Day 2023 will be held in person at the Massachusetts State House on March 31, 2023. One student from each school can attend and participate. Please elect an alternate in case the elected student is not able to attend and participate that day.

Student Government Day 2023 Registration Now Open! Register by February 17, 2023, using this link: SGD 2023 Registration. While only one student per school can attend and participate, please register your alternate in case the elected student is not able to attend and participate that day.

Student Governor Speech Competition Now Open! All elected student representatives are invited to participate in a speech competition to act as governor by giving their speech at a joint convening of the Senate and House during Student Government Day. All competition submissions are due by March 17 at 5:00 p.m. More information about the competition and submission guidelines can be found using this link: SGD 2023 Speech Competition


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.

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Email us at studentgovday@doe.mass.edu .

Last Updated: January 12, 2023

 
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