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Miami Dade College to Host Florida Commissioner of Education and the College Summit Florida Awards May 21

Gerard Robinson

Gerard Robinson, Florida Commissioner of Education

Miami, May 17, 2012 - Miami Dade College (MDC) will host the College Summit Florida Awards featuring Gerard Robinson, Florida Commissioner of Education, as keynote speaker, at 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 21, at the Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami.

Robinson will speak to 300 high school seniors and educators from 13 Miami-Dade and Broward high schools, all of whom are making a difference in creating a "college-going culture" in their schools. In addition to the Commissioner's speech, individual students and schools will be recognized by organizations such as Deloitte, The Children's Trust and Darden Foundation.

News media interested in covering the event will have a chance to interview local students, educators and guests between 10:45 to 11:20 a.m. and between noon and 1 p.m. with the commissioner, on the day of the event. All news media must schedule their interviews in advance with Vanessa Lillie at 816-217-7296 or

Other notables attending the event include Madeline Pumariega, MDC Wolfson Campus president; John Ise of The Children's Trust; Angela Woods of the Darden Foundation; representatives from the College Summit's partner schools; and Peter Pruitt, Deloitte's managing partner of the Florida/Puerto Rico offices.

About College Summit

College Summit-Florida uniquely combines a passion for inspiring students with precision measurement to deliver mean­ingful outcomes for the students and schools it serves. Nationally, College Summit trains high school principals, teachers, and the most influential students in lower-income communities to raise their college-going and success rates. College Sum­mit has grown from working with four students in the basement of a low-income housing project in 1993, to serving annually 30,000 students at partner high schools in 12 states and the District of Columbia.

College Summit Florida Awards featuring Florida Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson as Keynote Speaker

  • WHEN: Monday, May 21, 10:45 AM - 1:00 PM
  • WHERE: Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus, Chapman Conference Center, Building 3 300 NE Second Ave.

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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
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359,, media specialist

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