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Miami Dade College to Host GED Graduation Ceremony June 20

GED Graduates - May 2010

Miami, June 19, 2014 - When Jennifer Giron dropped out of high school to care for her mother, who had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, she abandoned her dreams of becoming a veterinarian. Although those dreams have been altered, this August, when she begins credit classes at the InterAmerican Campus, she will be one step closer to reaching her goal. Jennifer, 33, will receive her GED certificate at MDC’s GED graduation ceremony at 7 p.m., Friday, June 20, at the Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami. She will be one of more than 500 students receiving their GED’s from MDC this year. 

“This program gives a second chance to people who weren’t able to finish high school in the traditional way,” said Giron. “I’m very grateful to Miami Dade College, my instructors, and the administration for giving me a second chance at a degree and career.”  Jennifer is now a mother of three children. She is also battling cancer. However, she is moving forward to set an example for her children and others.  “My children give me strength and inspiration.  They help keep me going.”

The GED program at MDC was started in 1998 at the Kendall Campus and has since branched out to include five other campuses. More than 6000 students have earned their GED’s through MDC’s program.

The keynote speaker at the graduation will be Dr. Susan Amat, former GED Graduate, who is the founder of Venture Hive, an entrepreneurship education company that help governments and municipalities develop innovation ecosystems through K-12, university, and incubator/accelerator programs. A serial entrepreneur, Dr. Amat built businesses in the entertainment industry for over a decade, including the first CD-Rom magazine and a national television show on the E! Network. After completing her MBA, Dr. Amat developed pediatric health monitoring products and earned a Ph.D. in Strategic Entrepreneurship.  While teaching at the University of Miami, she founded The Launch Pad, which is considered the top model in entrepreneurship education. Her program and platform was replicated throughout the United States as Blackstone LaunchPads. In 2012, Dr. Amat was honored as a Champion of Change at the White House.

GED Graduation Ceremony

  • WHEN: Friday, Jun. 20, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • WHERE: MDC Wolfson Campus, Room 3210 300 NE Second Ave.

For more information, please call Sherry Joseph-Dutton at 305-237-2187.

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
Roxana Romero, 305-237-3366,, media specialist

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