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Wolfson Campus Commencement

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The Wolfson Campus of Miami Dade College warmly congratulates its Class of 2013!
The Commencement Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 4th at 2:30 p.m.

BankUnited Center
1245 Dauer Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146

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Due to printing deadlines, only those Miami Dade College students who apply for graduation by the deadline of Monday, March 25th will have their names listed in the Commencement Program.


All Wolfson Campus students who have completed their program requirements this academic year, or who will complete them by the end of the summer term, are urged to attend the Commencement Ceremony.  Commencement Day at the Wolfson Campus of Miami Dade College is by far the most important day on the Campus Calendar.  The Ceremony, with all its traditional elements and special surprises, has been planned with great precision and creativity in an effort to truly honor and celebrate all graduating students.


Each graduating student will be issued a cap and gown at the Wolfson Campus Bookstore beginning on Monday, April 15, 2013 and through Friday, May 3, 2013:

The Book Store hours are Monday and Tuesday: 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please make sure you pick up your cap and gown, as there are limited quantities available! Make every attempt to arrive at the Bookstore well before the closing time on any given day listed above.
There is no cost for the cap and gown for students who have been approved for Commencement. Caps and gowns will be issued on a first-come-first-served basis until the supply is exhausted. Students may keep their cap and gown, compliments of the Wolfson Campus. A printed Commencement Program will be provided at the Commencement Ceremony.


When students pick up their cap and gown, they will receive a Name Card listing their name and the degree they are pursuing. Students must bring the Name Card with them to the Commencement Ceremony.


12:30 p.m. -STUDENT ARRIVAL: Students arrive on time at the BankUnited Center and proceed directly to the FieldHouse Building where all graduates will assemble. Please be punctual! There will be directional signs leading to the Riverfront North. Simply ask for help if you are uncertain! 

2:30 p.m.
- COMMENCEMENT BEGINS: The Ceremony will be conducted in a dignified and engaging manner. Graduating students will hand their Name Card to a Faculty Reader. Each graduating student will have their name called as they walk across the stage and shake hands with distinguished members of the Stage Party. Be sure to bring your Name Card with you.


We have made special arrangements with a professional photographer to take individual photographs of each graduating student as they cross the stage. These photographs will be provided at a nominal cost. A proof of the photograph and order blank will be forwarded to the graduate. Since we are providing this professional service to our graduating students, no other photographs of individual graduating students will be permitted as it is disruptive to the Commencement Ceremony.


Graduating students should arrive in their cap and gown by 1:00 p.m. and follow the signs to the Graduate Lineup Site at the Fieldhouse at the BankUnited Center. All graduates MUST bring their MDC ID . This is a very special day for many attendees, so we ask that everyone remain seated until the end of the ceremony. Cell phones MUST be turned off or set to vibrate mode during the ceremony.


Due to printing deadlines, only those Wolfson Campus students who apply for graduation by the established deadline date of Monday, March 25, 2013 will be listed in the Graduation Program. Diplomas will be issued once final graduation requirements are met by the student and officially posted by the Registrar's Office. The Registrar's Office will mail the diploma to the address on file for each student who fully completes the degree requirements.


It is suggested that men wear a shirt and dark tie, dark trousers, and black shoes.  Women should consider wearing a dress, skirt-set, or dark slacks with low to mid-heel black shoes. Heels over 3 inches are not recommended as walking across the stage may prove to be a challenge. Purses, handbags, or photographic equipment cannot be carried in the processional and therefore should not be brought to the assembly area.  It is suggested that students safeguard these items by leaving them with a family member.


The BankUnited staff assists by ushering family members and guests to  available seating areas.  The Staff will not permit any empty seats to be "saved" for others.  This is a strictly enforced BankUnited Center policy that enables the seating process to run smoothly.
Family members and guests are encouraged to bring binoculars to facilitate viewing within the Center, as no one will be permitted to leave their seats to stand in the aisles to take photographs or otherwise.  


All children in attendance must be properly supervised by their families.  There will be no provisions made by Miami Dade College to supervise unattended children; therefore, appropriate personal arrangements must be made.  Due to safety regulations, no strollers of any type will be allowed at the Commencement Ceremony.  Please do not bring strollers with you. 


If special accommodations are required, please contact Dr. Ken Marquard, Director of ACCESS Services, at (305) 237-3072 as soon as possible to ensure that all of the necessary and appropriate arrangements can be made.  Graduating students who may require special assistance should report to a Faculty Marshal upon arrival at the FieldHouse Building.  The Graduation Stage is wheelchair and otherwise accessible to provide access for students with special


Metrorail is the preferred means of transportation to and from the graduation event.

Directions, Parking, and Public Transportation

We ask graduates and guests to arrive on time. Parking is ample at the BankUnited Center; however we strongly encourage guests to utilize the Metro Rail system to avoid traffic. Parking passes are not needed for any of the commencement parking lots. The Ponce de Leon Garage, Pavia Garage, and the parking lots on Walsh Avenue and Dickinson Drive provide ample spaces.

Please be aware that the city of Coral Gables police will strictly enforce off-campus parking regulations. For those utilizing public transportation, the BankUnited Center is located across the street from the University Station. Metro Rail fare is $2.00 and runs from 5 a.m. until midnight. Weekend service runs every 30 minutes until closing.

The BankUnited Center is located one block west of Ponce de Leon Boulevard, just off of US-1/South Dixie Highway.

Directions from US-1 approaching from the north: Turn right onto South Alhambra Circle. You will come to an immediate traffic light; turn right onto Ponce de Leon.

Directions from US-1 approaching from the south: Turn left onto South Alhambra Circle. Get into the right lane. You will come to an immediate traffic light; turn right onto Ponce de Leon.
Once on Ponce de Leon, make the first left turn onto Dickinson Drive. Take Dickinson Drive to the Bank United Center, signage for parking will be visible.


*Graduating student veterans may pick up special cords to wear during commencement in the Office of Student Life (room 2101) from April 15, 2013 through May 3, 2013. Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Veterans will be recognized during the commencement ceremony.


For security reasons, the following items will not be allowed in the BankUnited Center: large bags, noise makers, large cameras, tripods, coolers, balloons, banners, and baby strollers. Cell Phones MUST BE TURNED OFF OR SET TO SILENT. If you have any questions or require additional information, contact the Student Life Office at 305.237.3536 or visit








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