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Vice President Joe Biden to Lead Distinguished Selection of Keynote Speakers at Miami Dade College’s 2014 Commencement Ceremonies May 3


Miami, April 21, 2014 - United States Vice President Joe Biden will join other distinguished leaders who will address nearly 15,000 graduates during Miami Dade College's (MDC) upcoming commencement exercises Sat., May 3, 2014.

Other speakers hail from top universities and philanthropic organizations from across the country. Speaking at the day's first ceremony for the Wolfson and Hialeah Campuses is J.B. Milliken, President, University of Nebraska and Chancellor-Designate, City University of New York. The next commencement, for the InterAmerican and Homestead Campuses, is the graduation where Vice President Biden will speak and where Ángel Cabrera, President, George Mason University, will be conferred a special honorary degree. John Sexton, President of New York University will address graduates during the North Campus and West ceremony. The Medical Campus ceremony will feature Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation. The final speaker of the day is Richard Brodhead, President of Duke University. Each of the distinguished speakers will receive an honorary degree from Miami Dade College.

Students will graduate in five special exercises representing the College's seven campuses and two outreach centers. Below is the schedule of the 2014 ceremonies:   

8 a.m.

Wolfson and Hialeah Campuses

Speaker: J.B. Milliken – President, University of Nebraska, Chancellor-Designate, City University of New York

Bank United Center

1245 Dauer Drive


10:30 a.m.

InterAmerican and Homestead Campuses

Speaker: United States Vice President Joe Biden

Honorary Degree Recipient: Ángel Cabrera, President, George Mason University

MDC Kendall Campus Gymnasium
11011 SW 104 St.
Building 7000 

1 p.m. 

North Campus and West

Speaker: John Sexton, President, New York University

Bank United Center
1245 Dauer Drive


3 p.m.

Medical Campus

Speaker: Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation

MDC Kendall Campus Gymnasium
11011 SW 104 St.
Building 7000  


5:30 p.m.

Kendall Campus

Speaker: Richard Brodhead, President, Duke University

Bank United Center
1245 Dauer Drive


EDITOR’S NOTE : Members of the working media only covering the Vice President’s speech must confirm their attendance by Friday, May 2, 2014, 12 p.m., no exceptions, by providing their names, titles, media outlets and contact information to Ms. Nelia Li – Admission to the graduation will be checked against a roster of confirmed media. Journalists, photo journalists, ENG staff and others covering must be on the list to gain access. Final instructions on press times and the pre-setting of gear to meet security requirements will be provided at a later date.  

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino Florin, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Kai Hill, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
Roxana Romero, 305-237-3366,, media specialist

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