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U.S. Dignitaries and Civic Leaders are Keynote Speakers at Miami Dade College Commencement Ceremonies April 29 and 30

Wifredo Ferrer-

The Honorable Wifredo “Willy” Ferrer, Esq., the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, will be the keynote speaker at the ceremony for both the Homestead and InterAmerican campuses on Saturday, April 30, 2011.

Miami, April 18, 2011 - Excitement is building for nearly 14,000 Miami Dade College (MDC) graduates gearing up for their 2011 commencement ceremonies, which will be held Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30.

Several renowned speakers will address graduates at several ceremonies but none more prominent than President Barack Obama, who will address West and North Campus graduates at 7 p.m. Friday, April 29, at the James L. Knight International Center in downtown Miami.   

Students will graduate in five combined ceremonies across Miami-Dade County.

On the second day of ceremonies (Saturday, April 30), Kathleen Shanahan, a member of the State Board of Education, will deliver the commencement address at the Medical Center Campus ceremony; followed by the Honorable Wifredo “Willy” Ferrer, Esq., the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida and one of the most important law enforcement officials in the country, who will speak at the ceremony for both the Homestead and InterAmerican campuses.

Speaking at the Wolfson and Hialeah ceremony will be Michelle Cooper, president of the Institute for Higher Education Policy.

Cesar Conde, president of Univision Networks, will deliver the final commencement speech at the Kendall Campus ceremony. 

MDC graduations have always been momentous and memorable. In 2007, President George W. Bush spoke to MDC graduates.

Former President Bill Clinton was a speaker last year. Other past speakers have included U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and former U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, among many other distinguished speakers. 

Below is the schedule of the 2011 ceremonies:   

Friday, April 29, 2011

 7 p.m.            North Campus and West
                        Speaker: U.S. President Barack Obama
                        James L. Knight International Center
                        400 S.E. Second Avenue
                        Miami, FL 33131

Saturday, April 30, 2011

8 a.m.            Medical Center Campus
                       Speaker: Kathleen Shanahan, State Board of Education member
                       James L. Knight Center
                       400 S.E. Second Ave.
                       Miami, FL   33131 

10 a.m.        Homestead and InterAmerican Campuses
                      Speaker: Wifredo “Willy” Ferrer, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida
                      Kendall Campus Gymnasium 
                     11011 S.W. 104 St.  
                     Building 7000 
                     Miami, FL  33176

12:30 p.m.  Wolfson and Hialeah Campuses 
                     Speaker: Michelle Cooper, president of the Institute for Higher Education Policy
                     James L. Knight International Center
                     400 S.E. Second Ave.
                      Miami, FL   33131

3 p.m.          Kendall Campus   
                     Speaker:Cesar Conde, president of Univision Networks       
                     Kendall Campus Gymnasium 
                     11011 S.W. 104 St.   
                     Building 7000 
                     Miami, FL 33176

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




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