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InterAmerican Commencement Information

Congratulations on your program completion at Miami Dade College! Your hard work and dedication will be recognized and celebrated on this momentous occasion. As we prepare for commencement, we would like to share with you the following information that will help make this day one you will remember proudly for the rest of your life.  

Theodore R. Gibson Health Center 
(Located at the MDC Kendall Campus)
11011 SW 104 Street, Building 7000 
Miami, Florida 33176

Guest Seating: 8:00 a.m  - 10:00 a.m.
Graduate Check in: 8:00 a.m.
No guests will be admitted after the doors close at 10:00 a.m.

ELIGIBILITY

You are eligible to participate in Commencement 2014 if your program requirements were met this academic year or will be met by the end of Summer 2014. If you meet this requirement, we urge you to join us in recognizing this educational benchmark.

CAPS & GOWNS

Caps & gowns will be available after April 21st. To pick up your cap and gown, present your MDC ID at the Bookstore during the days and times below:

IAC BOOKSTORE

Monday & Wednesday 8 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday 8 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There is no cost for the cap and gown if you have applied for graduation. The cap and gown are yours to keep.

Tickets are not required for guests to attend.

HONORARY REGALIA

Pick up honorary regalia by May 2nd. All graduates and degree candidates who have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher will receive special recognition as Honor Graduates. Regular honors students that have applied for graduation during the Fall 2013, Spring 2014 and Summer 2014 will receive the following (free of charge): 3.5 - 3.69 GPA Honors Tassel; 3.7 - 4.0 GPA Honors Tassel & Honors Cord. Honor graduates must call 305-237-6713 or stop by the Honors College office at IAP9 to pick up their honors regalia before commencement. Please bring your degree audit with you for verification purposes.

SPECIAL NEEDS AND INDIVIDUALS/STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

Graduates who require special assistance should contact the ACCESS department at (305) 237-6360 no later than May 2nd. The graduation stage is wheelchair accessible to provide access for students with special needs.

PHOTOGRAPHS

We have contracted with a professional photographer to take individual photos of graduates as they cross the stage. The photo will be provided at a nominal cost. A proof of the photo and a blank order form will be mailed to the graduate's listed address. Since we are providing this professional service to our graduates, PHOTOS MAY NOT BE TAKEN OF INDIVIDUAL GRADUATES AS THEY CROSS THE STAGE. The Kendall Campus offers numerous attractive settings for graduation pictures before and after the ceremony.

DAY OF THE CEREMONY/ NAME CARDS

All graduates MUST bring their MDC ID and name card issued at the Bookstore with your cap and gown. Please report to the Library Concourse Building 2 by 8:00 a.m. After the processional, students will remain standing for the national anthem. Male graduates are asked to remove their caps for the anthem and replace them after being seated. This is a very special day for many attendees. Please be considerate of other graduates and their families. We ask that everyone remain seated until the end of the ceremony. Cell phones MUST be turned off or set to vibrate mode.

FAMILY MEMBERS AND GUESTS

In order to participate in the ceremony, we ask the graduates and guests to arrive on time. Parking is available in the student lots and in the parking garage. Please allow time for travel and parking. Expect delays due to traffic and additional security measures. Doors to the Gibson Health Center (gymnasium) open at 8:00 a.m. The doors will close at 10:00 a.m. No one will be admitted after the doors close at 10:00 a.m. The commencement ceremony is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. Guests should remain seated until the last graduate has exited the Gibson Health Center at the end of the ceremony.

SECURITY

For security reasons, the following items will not be allowed in the Gibson Health Center: large bags, noise makers, large cameras, tripods, coolers, balloons, banners and baby strollers. Cell phones MUST be turned off or set to vibrate mode. Your cooperation is appreciated.

QUESTIONS?

For further information, please contact the InterAmerican Campus Student Services Call Center at 305-237-6045.

DIRECTIONS

From the North via the Florida Turnpike Extension:

  • Exit the Florida Turnpike Extension at Exit 20 for Kendall Drive (SW 88 Street).
  • Turn left at the stop light onto Kendall Drive (SW 88 Street).
  • Take Kendall Drive (SW 88 Street) to SW 117 Avenue. Turn right onto SW 117 Avenue and follow it to SW 104 Street (Killian Parkway).
  • Turn left on SW 104 Street and go to the traffic signal for SW 113 Place.
  • Turn left onto SW 113 Place.

From the North via the Palmetto Expressway (SR 826):

  • Take SR 874 (Don Shula Expressway) from the Palmetto. (Stay in the left lanes as you approach the Bird Road exit sign says: "874 South Homestead Toll Road.")
  • Exit at the SW 104 Street (Killian Parkway) exit.
  • Turn left onto SW 104 Street and go to the stop light at SW 113 Place and turn right.

From the South via the Florida Turnpike Extension:

  • Take SR 874 (Don Shula Expressway) from the Turnpike.
  • Exit at the SW 104 Street (Killian Parkway) exit.
  • Turn left onto SW 104 Street and go to the stop light at SW 113 Place and turn right.

Kendall Campus Local Map




Miami Dade College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees.
Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Miami Dade College.
Miami Dade College is an equal access/equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, marital status, age, religion, national origin,
disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, or genetic information. Contact the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs/ADA Coordinator, at 305.237.2577 for information.