Class of 2013: Stay Driven, Achieve Your Dreams
Marking departures as new beginnings, Miami Dade College honored its 2013 graduates with inspiring commencement ceremonies that celebrated their bright futures.
In the course of a single day, MDC graduated more than 13,000 students originating from 184 countries during five back-to-back ceremonies. Speakers addressing this year’s graduates were notable South Florida leaders – mostly MDC alumni, who triumphantly returned to their alma mater to pay forward the wisdom and encouragement that have propelled them to success. This year’s inspiring speakers included Bill Diggs, president and CEO of the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce; U.S. Congressman Joe García; Carlos Migoya, president and CEO of Jackson Health System; Jorge Plasencia, chairman and CEO of República and chairman of the board of the National Council of La Raza; and MDC Professor Mark Richards. They celebrated the unique diversity of the College’s student body, comprising the nation’s largest undergraduate enrollment and the largest number of Hispanic and African-American students.
In recognition of their service to the country, MDC honored at all commencement ceremonies its more than 300 student veterans, who stood out among their peers wearing red, white and blue cords over their gowns.
As it does every year, the Board of Trustees presented $5,000 scholarships to top graduates from each campus to reward their academic achievements. (For more about this year’s Commencement festivities and top graduates, see Pages 15-19).