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Major U.S. and Florida Dignitaries and Civic Leaders to Serve as Keynote Speakers at Miami Dade College’s 2012 Commencement Ceremonies April 28

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Miami, April 18, 2012 - Excitement is building for more than 13,000 Miami Dade College (MDC) graduates gearing up for their 2012 commencement ceremonies, which will be held on Saturday, April 28. Students will graduate in five special exercises representing the college’s seven campuses and two centers.

As is the tradition at what many dub “Democracy’s College,” once again, graduates will be addressed by important national and state leaders. Addressing the day’s first graduation, for the InterAmerican and Homestead Campuses, will be Ms. Cecilia Muñoz, the Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council. The next commencement, for the North and West Campuses, will be addressed by Dr. Richard Haass, the President and CEO of the Council on Foreign Relations. For the Kendall Campus ceremony, Dr. James Bernard “Bernie” Machen, President of the University of Florida, will deliver the commencement address. Dr. Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation, will address the graduates of the Wolfson and Hialeah Campuses. Finally, Florida’s Lieutenant Governor, The Honorable Jennifer Carroll, will deliver the address at the Medical Campus graduation.

MDC graduations have always been momentous and memorable. Last year, President Barack Obama spoke at graduation. In 2007, President George W. Bush addressed MDC graduates. President Bill Clinton was a speaker in 2010. Former U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke in 2008. In addition, world leaders, U.S. Cabinet members, national corporate leaders and international luminaries have been among the distinguished speakers.  

Below is the schedule of the 2012 ceremonies:   

Saturday, April 28, 2012

8 a.m.             InterAmerican and Homestead Campuses
                       Speaker: Ms. Cecilia Muñoz, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council
                        MDC Kendall Campus Gymnasium
                        11011 S.W. 104 St.  
                        Building 7000 
                        Miami, FL 

10 a.m.           North Campus and MDC-West
Speaker: Dr. Richard Haass, the President and CEO of the Council on Foreign Relations
                        James L. Knight International Center
                        400 S.E. Second Avenue
                        Miami, FL

1:30 p.m.        Kendall Campus 
                        Speaker: Dr. James Bernard “Bernie” Machen, President of the University of Florida
                        MDC Kendall Campus Gymnasium
                        11011 S.W. 104 St.  
                        Building 7000 
                        Miami, FL 

3:30 p.m.        Wolfson and Hialeah Campuses   
                        Speaker: Dr. Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation
                        James L. Knight International Center
                        400 S.E. Second Avenue
                        Miami, FL

7 p.m.             Medical Campus   
                        Speaker: The Honorable Jennifer Carroll, Florida’s Lieutenant Governor
                        James L. Knight International Center
                        400 S.E. Second Avenue
                        Miami, FL

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino Florin, 305-237-3949, testorin@mdc.edu, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482, arios1@mdc.edu
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359, tcarroll@mdc.edu, media specialist




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