April 2011, Volume 15, Number 2


President Barack Obama

Obama to Address MDC Graduates

More than 3,000 Miami Dade College (MDC) graduates will hear from the 44th President of the United States of America on April 29 at the James L. Knight International Center in downtown Miami when President Barack Obama delivers the commencement address for the spring graduation ceremony of the North Campus. The Commander-in-Chief’s participation in an MDC commencement ceremony continues the College’s longstanding tradition of hosting world leaders, renowned speakers and top thinkers at graduation, including former U.S. Presidents George W. Bush in 2007 and Bill Clinton in 2010.


  • Dr. Padrón with Michelle Obama First Lady Michelle Obama and President Padrón
  • Dr. Padrón with Jeb Bush Dr. Padrón and former Gov. Jeb Bush at the Business-Higher Education Forum
  • Dr. Padrón with Michael Oren Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, and President Padrón at a Knight Foundation breakfast.
  • Dr. Ronald Berkman, Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Dr. Padrón Cleveland State University President Dr. Ronald Berkman, Harvard University Professor Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Dr. Padrón. Gates and Padrón received honorary doctorates at the CSU Fall Commencement ceremony.
  • Dr. Padrón with Dennis Lockhart President Padrón and Dennis Lockhart, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Dr. Padrón is also a member of the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Altanta’s Miami Branch.


Dr. John Sexton, Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, Dr. Molly Corbett Broad

MDC President to Chair American Council on Education

Selection is latest honor bestowed upon Miami Dade College's leader.

Madeleine Albright with Herbie Hancock and jazz students from the New World School of the Arts

Albright, Herbie and All That Jazz

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright jazzed up life at MDC with a little help from legendary musician Herbie Hancock.

12-foot deep Myrtha dive training pool

Aquatic Center Builds U.S. Homeland Security

North Campus' $6.8 million Aquatic Center is the first water-training center in South Florida.


MDC Helps Meet U.S. Demand for Nurses

Miami Dade College has an impressive track record when it comes to educating nurses.


Cultural Spotlight Alumni News Making Their Mark

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