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Major Speakers Will Once Again Impart Words of Wisdom to Miami Dade College Graduates May 1, 2010

Graduation Ceremony

Miami, April 19, 2010 - A distinguished group of high-profile speakers, from a former U.S. President to a current President from Latin America, will be among the speakers at Miami Dade College’s (MDC) spring commencement ceremonies on May 1, 2010.

For years, the College has been known for having major national and international figures speak at its commencement ceremonies. This year’s graduation is no exception. 

More than 10,000 students will graduate in seven ceremonies across Miami-Dade County, beginning with the first major speaker of the day, U.S. Senator George Lemieux of Florida who will speak at the Homestead Campus graduation; followed by Jamie Merisotis, president of the Lumina Foundation, who will speak at the InterAmerican Campus and receive an honorary associate’s degree; and the 42nd  President of the United States William Jefferson Clinton will also receive an honorary associate’s degree and deliver the commencement address at North and West Campus’ combined ceremony.

Later that day,James A. Leach, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities will speak at the Kendall Campus ceremony; andPresident Porfirio Lobo of Honduras will deliver the final commencement speech at the Wolfson Campus ceremony.

Additional speakers will be announced soon.         

Within the last five years, MDC graduation speakers have included President George W. Bush, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, former U.S. Secretary of Education, Margaret Spellings, and U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis, among other prominent local and national leaders. 

Below is the schedule of the 2010 ceremonies and their speakers.   

8 a.m.                         Homestead Campus - U.S. Senator George Lemieux
                                    Kendall Campus Gymnasium
                                    11011 S.W. 104 Street
                                    Building 7000
                                    Miami, FL

9:30 a.m.                   InterAmerican Campus – Jamie Merisotis, president, Lumina Foundation
                                    Miami-Dade County Auditorium
                                    2901 West Flagler Street
                                    Miami, FL

11 a.m.                      North and West Campuses – President William  Jefferson Clinton, former U.S. president
                                    Bank United Center
                                    1245 Dauer Drive
                                    Coral Gables, FL

2:30 p.m.                  Kendall Campus – James A. Leach, chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities
                                   Kendall Campus Gymnasium
                                   11011 S.W. 104 Street
                                   Building 7000
                                   Miami, FL 

4 p.m.                       Medical Center Campus – To be announced
                                  Bank United Center
                                  1245 Dauer Drive
                                  Coral Gables, FL 

5:30 p.m.                 Hialeah Campus – To be announced
                                   Miami-Dade County Auditorium
                                  2901 West Flagler Street
                                  Miami, FL

7:30 p.m.                 Wolfson Campus – President Porfirio Lobo of Honduras
                                  Bank United Center
                                 1245 Dauer Drive
                                 Coral Gables, FL

Homestead Campus - U.S. Senator George Lemieux Kendall Campus Gymnasium 11011 S.W. 104 Street Building 7000 Miami, FL

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949, testorin@mdc.edu, MDC media relations director
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359, tcarroll@mdc.edu, media specialist
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482, arios1@mdc.edu




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