BOSTON (AP) — More than 400 high school students from around Massachusetts are getting a close up look at state government on Beacon Hill.

The students are gathering Friday morning at the Statehouse for the 66th annual Student Government Day.

Gov. Deval Patrick and Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray will greet the students along with Education Secretary Matthew Malone and Appeals Court Chief Justice Phillip Rapoza.

They'll then get a lesson on the legislative hearing process and committee work, and attend a joint session of the House and Senate. Students assigned to be senators for a day will then attend a Senate session, and student representatives will go the House.

Students learning the roles of the Supreme Judicial Court justices will meet their real-life counterparts. Those learning about the state's constitutional officers will meet with those elected officials.