I AM MDC, Building Tradition and Pride
Miami, Aug. 17, 2016 – Miami Dade College (MDC) will launch I AM MDC DAY, an annual celebration honoring the College’s rich history and unparalleled impact on the community, Tuesday, Sept. 6. The 24-hour celebration will highlight the achievements of MDC alumni, students, staff, and faculty; inspire pride; and increase awareness of the College’s profound educational, economic and cultural significance to South Florida and beyond. MDC will illuminate its National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower blue in celebration of I AM MDC DAY.
The virtual event will focus on engaging the MDC community to post stories, tweets, share images and videos about their alma mater and what I AM MDC means to them, on social media and using #iammdc. For 24 hours on Sept. 6, the College will encourage members of the community whose lives have been touched by MDC to make a gift to deserving students.
“I AM MDC DAY celebrates the tremendous impact of our nation’s largest institution. Not merely a milestone for our more than two million alumni, I AM MDC Day is a celebration for our entire community. Here in South Florida we are all MDC,” said Mark Cole, vice president of Advancement and executive director of the Miami Dade College Foundation.
I AM MDC DAY will be held each year on Sept. 6 to commemorate the first day of classes held at MDC in 1960, which had an enrollment of 1,428 students. Today, MDC is the largest campus-based and most diverse higher education institution in the nation with more than 165,000 students.
About Miami Dade College
Miami Dade College (MDC) is the higher education institution with the largest undergraduate enrollment in the America, with more than 165,000 students. It is also the nation’s top producer of Associate in Arts and Science degrees and awards more degrees to minorities than any other college or university in the country. The college’s eight campuses and outreach center offer more than 300 distinct degree pathways including several baccalaureate degrees in education, public safety, supervision and management, nursing, physician assistant studies, film, engineering, biological sciences, and others. In fact, its academic and workforce training programs are national models of excellence. MDC is also renowned for its rich cultural programming. It is home of the Miami Book Fair, Miami Film Festival, the MDC Live Arts Performing Arts Series, the National Historic Landmark Miami Freedom Tower, a major sculpture park and large art gallery and theater systems. MDC has admitted more than 2,000,000 students and counting, since it opened its doors in 1960. For more information please visit www.mdc.edu.