June 2010, Volume 14, Number 3


President Clinton at commencement

Graduating into "the future business"

While addressing MDC’s class of 2010, former President William Jefferson Clinton spoke about his first time visiting Miami Dade College. “The school was only 32 years old, and I came back again as President because I thought that this institution, as much as any college in America, symbolized our future,” said Clinton.


  • President Obama and MDC President Padrón During a recent visit to Miami, President Barack Obama meets with Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón.
  • Speaker Pelosi and MDC President Padrón Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón at Speaker Pelosi's reception at the Capitol.
  • Homeland Security Director Napolitano and MDC President Padrón U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Dr. Padrón at a White House reception in early May.
  • MDC President Padrón, Education Undersecretary Kantner, Lumina Foundation President Merisotis, Wheaton College President Crutcher, AAC&U President Schneider At the annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, Board Chairman Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón met with U.S. Undersecretary of Education Martha  Kanter, Lumina Foundation President Jamie Merisotis, Wheaton College President Ronald A. Crutcher and AAC&U President Carol Schneider.
  • Congressman Mario Díaz-Balart (R-Fla.), MDC President Eduardo Padrón and Congressman James Oberstar (D-Minn.) Congressman Mario Díaz-Balart (R-Fla.), MDC President Eduardo Padrón and Congressman James Oberstar (D-Minn.) at a meeting of the U.S. Congressional Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure held at MDC. Oberstar is the committee chairman.


Stephanie Del Pino

Stars of the Class of 2010

Nearly 11,000 students received associate and bachelor’s degrees and certificates.

Softball MVP Erika Bennett

Lady Sharks win national championship

In May, the Lady Sharks won the National Junior College Athletic Association championship, a first in the history of the Sharks' softball program.

First Lady Michelle Obama

Redefining success

First Lady Michelle Obama shared her hope of redefining “success” at MDC's Freedom Tower during the Florida Campus Compact Awards Gala and Luncheon hosted by MDC.

Confucius dancer

MDC cuts ribbon for first Confucius Institute in South Florida

In an evening featuring China's history, beauty and pageantry, MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón and Chinese officials signed an agreement for MDC to host the only Confucius Institute in South Florida.

Students tending to patients

All in good health

Miami Rescue Mission's new clinic, less than one mile from MDC's Medical Center Campus, has also become the new clinical site for MDC’s physician assistant, nursing and other health science students.


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