Figure represents a new record for MDC
Miami, May 1, 2018 – Brimming with pride and a sense of accomplishment, a record nearly 17,000 graduates from Miami Dade College’s (MDC) eight campuses will boldly take their first step into a brighter future when they walk across the stage with their diplomas at five Commencement Ceremonies on Saturday, May 5. Some will enter the workforce with newly minted college credentials and others will pursue upper division studies and graduate school at other top institutions.
MDC’s 2017 graduates represent more than 190 countries and speak more than 90 languages. They are game changers, many already making a significant impact on their communities and intent on addressing some of the world’s most pressing issues through scientific research, health care, international relations, technology, entrepreneurship, business development, and much more.
With its longstanding tradition of hosting world leaders, prominent speakers, and luminaries, MDC graduations are significant, memorable, and symbolic. Past keynote speakers during the last decade alone include President Barack Obama, President George W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, and Vice President Joe Biden, among other high-profile presenters.
This year’s speakers are City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez; who will speak at the day’s first ceremony for the North and InterAmerican Campuses; Dr. Karen Stout, President and CEO of Achieving the Dream, who will deliver remarks at the Homestead Campus ceremony; Allan Golston, President of the U.S. program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, who will speak to graduates at the Wolfson and Hialeah Campuses ceremony; Dr. Mildred “Millie” Garcia, President of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities; who will address the Medical Campus ceremony; and Laurene Powell Jobs, founder and president of the Emerson Collective, who will speak at the Kendall and West Campuses ceremony.