June 2008, Volume 12, Number 6


Nancy Pelosi

Pelosi: You are the American dream.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivered the keynote address to 1,100 North Campus graduates. Collegewide, MDC held seven commencement ceremonies for nearly 9,000 students earning associate and bachelor’s degrees.


  • Former Spanish President José María Aznar Former Spanish President José María Aznar spoke to South Florida leaders at the Freedom Tower at MDC’s Wolfson Campus. MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón presented Aznar with a presidential medal, the College’s highest honor.
  • Tom Wolfe standing at podium In town researching his forthcoming Miami-set novel, Back to Blood, novelist and journalist Tom Wolfe stopped at MDC’s Wolfson Campus for a public discussion on "The Secret of Urban Renewal." The visit was hosted with Miami Mayor Manny Díaz.
  • Indra Nooyi PepsiCo chair and CEO Indra Nooyi, ranked fifth on the Forbes list of the world's most powerful women, addressed nearly 400 civic and corporate leaders during MDC’s Leadership Roundtable speaker series. During the speech, Nooyi outlined her vision of what a makes a good company.
  • MDC Chair Helen Aguirre Ferré and entertainment mogul and alumnus Emilio Estefan MDC Chair Helen Aguirre Ferré and entertainment mogul and alumnus Emilio Estefan were among the community and business leaders who met with Dominican Republic Leonel Fernández at MDC to discuss Fernandez’s Global Foundation for Democracy and Development.
  • Arturo Sandoval The multi-award-winning jazz virtuoso Arturo Sandoval was one of many musical greats to perform at a jazz concert celebrating the 40th anniversary of MDC’s Kendall Campus. Sandoval performed with flutist Nestor Torres, MDC’s own Grammy-winning professor Ed Calle and others to a capacity crowd.


The historic Leopoldskron Palace, nestled by a small lake and offering majestic mountain views.

49 Students Attended Salzburg Seminar

This is the sixth year MDC has sent a delegation to the prestigious Salzburg Global Seminar.

Robert F. Richardson II

Alumnus Leads S. Miami Police Department

Robert F. Richardson II was appointed acting chief of the South Miami Police Department.

Prometeo students dressed in colorful costumes

Prometeo Presents Classic Spanish Comedy

Prometeo will present Los intereses creados, a comedy by Nobel-winning playwright Jacinto Benavente.

College Notebook

Focus on Academic Achievements

In a year of milestones, faculty-led academic initiatives stand out as some of the most significant achievements at Miami Dade College.


Alumni News Cultural Spotlight

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