With the potential to empower, encourage and inspire, commencement addresses are one of the most memorable and beloved moments for graduates and their families. On Apr. 30, Miami Dade College (MDC) will host five commencement ceremonies where thousands of enthusiastic graduates will hear from top leaders in various fields.
This year’s speakers include Julian Castro, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, who will speak at the day’s first ceremony for the Wolfson and Hialeah Campuses; Manny Medina, e-Merge founder, entrepreneur, and MDC alumnus at the InterAmerican and Homestead Campuses ceremony; Dr. Mark Everett, newly appointed MDC’s Medical Campus President who will be speaking to graduates at the Medical Campus ceremony; Javier Palomares, president and CEO of U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, at the Kendall Campus ceremony, and the Hon. Jean Monestime, chair of the Miami-Dade County Commission, at the closing ceremony for North and West campuses graduates
With its longstanding tradition of hosting world leaders, prominent speakers, and luminaries, MDC graduations are significant, memorable, and symbolic. Keynote speakers from the past few years include President Barack Obama, President George W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, and Vice President Joe Biden among other high-profile presenters.
Below is the schedule of the 2016 ceremonies:
8 a.m., Wolfson and Hialeah campuses, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro, James L. Knight Center, 400 SE Second Ave.;
10:30 a.m., Homestead and InterAmerican Campuses, entrepreneur and e-Merge founder Manny Medina, Kendall Campus Gymnasium, 11011 SW 104 St., Building 7000;
1:30 p.m., Medical Campus, Medical Campus president Dr. Mark Everett, James L. Knight Center, 400 SE Second Ave.;
3:30 p.m., Kendall Campus, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Javier Palomares, Kendall Campus Gymnasium, 11011 SW 104 St., Building 7000, and
6:30 p.m., North and West campuses, Miami-Dade County Commission chair Jean Monestime, James L. Knight Center, 400 SE Second Ave.