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Miami Dade College Commencement Ceremonies on April 29 & 30

Graduation 2011

Miami, April 7, 2011 - Excitement is building for 14,000 Miami Dade College (MDC) graduates gearing up for their 2011 Commencement ceremonies, which will be held Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30. Several renowned speakers will address graduates at several ceremonies but none more prominent than President Barack Obama, who will address West and North Campus graduates at 5 p.m., Friday, April 29, at the James L. Knight International Center in downtown Miami.  

MDC graduations have always been momentous and memorable. In 2007, President George W. Bush spoke to MDC graduates. Former President Bill Clinton was a speaker last year. Other past speakers have included U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and former U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, among many other world-renowned speakers.

Below is the schedule of the 2011 ceremonies:  
Friday, April 29, 2011
5 p.m.  North Campus and West

Speaker: U.S. President Barack Obama

James L. Knight International Center
400 S.E. Second Avenue
Miami, FL 33131
Saturday, April 30, 2011
8 a.m Medical Center Campus

Speaker: Kathleen Shanahan, State Board of Education member   
James L. Knight Center
400 S.E. Second Ave.
Miami, FL   33131 
10 a.m. Homestead and InterAmerican Campuses

Speaker: Wifredo “Willy” Ferrer, U.S. Attorney for the
Southern District of Florida

Kendall Campus Gymnasium 
11011 S.W. 104 St.  
 Building 7000 
Miami, FL  33176  
12:30 p.m. Wolfson and Hialeah Campuses  

Speaker: Michelle Cooper, president of the Institute for  Higher Education Policy 

James L. Knight International Center
400 S.E. Second Ave.
Miami, FL   33131 
3 p.m. Kendall Campus    
Speaker:Cesar Conde, president of Univision Networks 

Kendall Campus Gymnasium
11011 S.W. 104 St.  
Building 7000
Miami, FL 33176

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,

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