Miami Dade College to Celebrate 60th Birthday on I AM MDC DAY Sept. 6

Miami, August 25, 2020 – Miami Dade College (MDC) is turning 60 and everyone is invited to this milestone celebration! MDC will host its 5th Annual I AM MDC Day with virtual, community-wide events through Sept. 6, which commemorates the first day of classes back in 1960.

I AM MDC Day celebrates MDC’s rich tradition of elevating the community and changing lives through education and opportunity. The day of giving and school pride also raises critical funds for scholarships and programs for students.

 The College first opened its doors on September 6, 1960 amid desegregation and the influx of thousands of Cuban refugees. The first class only had 1,428 students, including seven Black students, making it the first integrated junior college in Florida. Today, MDC is the largest public institution of higher education in the United States and is still championing diversity, resilience, and educational excellence. Most recently, the College has been supporting students and the community impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with scholarships, stipends and courses for in demand jobs through MDC Cares.

I AM MDC Day is organized by the Miami Dade College Foundation, which raises essential private funds for student scholarships and programs, as well as emerging needs, such as rent and food to support  students. I AM MDC Day is generously supported by corporate partners, including City National Bank and Geico.

MDC’s National Landmark Freedom Tower will be illuminated blue on Thursday, Sept. 6, to mark this special event. Show your MDC pride by wearing blue on Sept. 6 and posting your photos to social media with the official hashtag #IAMMDC. Give to MDC at I AM MDC Day.

I AM MDC Day virtual events:

Kelbin Live | 97.3 FM

Weekdays, starting Monday, Aug. 31 | 9 a.m.
Tune into The SoFlo Morning Show on 97.3 and IG Live @HITS973 with MDC Alum Kelbin Live starting August 31. Hear from MDC students and alumni, win gift cards, and more.

MDC Day with the Marlins

Wednesday, Sept. 2 | 5:30 p.m.

Celebrate Shark pride during MDC Day with the Marlins when the Miami Marlins take on the Toronto Blue Jays. Enjoy a pregame virtual event with fun fan experiences for the whole family, including appearances by Marlins players and VIPs, MDC alumni and Kelbin Live of HITS 97.3. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP at

#IAMMDC Cake Challenge

Through Monday, August 31

Got a great cake recipe? Bake your best 60th birthday cake for a chance to win a sweet surprise! The winner will be announced on Sept. 6. For contest details, visit