Volume 2, Number 15 - April 24, 2012

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Students at a graduation pep rally
Race to Graduate: 2012 graduates-to-be Jorge Berroa and Greg Luis-Charles race on the inflatable bungee run during a graduation pep rally held at the Wolfson Campus on April 18. Festivities included free cotton candy, pastries, music jumping rope and dancing.

New Chapter: MDC Students To Graduate

By Amanda Rodriguez

During her two-year tenure, Marcie Rozenblat, a North Campus education major, has worked a part-time job as an Avon representative, a full-time job at Gordon Biersch Restaurant, and internships at Y-100 and Mega 94.9 FM.

On April 28, her name will be called as she walks across the stage to receive what she says was worth the sacrifice—her diploma.

"I think Miami Dade has prepared me for the next chapter,” said Rozenblat, who wants to be a teacher and plans to study education at FIU. “ I am looking forward to whatever the future may hold."

Just like Rozenblat, more than 13,000 Miami Dade College students from all eight campuses will wait to hear their names as well.

There will be five commencement ceremonies, though some campuses will share facilities.

Students can pick up their cap and gown at their campus bookstore. Cap and gowns are free and can be kept after the ceremony.

Depending on the campus, only a certain number of guests are permitted per graduate.

"Commencement is a time to honor those individuals who made a commitment to their education and have selected MDC as part of their journey toward personal and professional development," said Kendall Campus Student Life Director Leslie Wilson. "Our heartfelt thank you and congratulations to all the graduates that walk across the stage. We wish them luck as they continue their educational endeavors."


InterAmerican and Homestead Campus will have their ceremony at 8 a.m. at Kendall Campus’ Gymnasium.

Graduates don’t need tickets for their guests to come to the ceremony.

Cecilia Muñoz, director of the Domestic Policy Council at the White House, will serve as the commencement speaker.


North and West Campus’ graduation ceremony will take place at the James L. Knight International Center at 10 a.m. Each graduate will be given four guest tickets.

Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, will speak at the ceremony.
Haass served as a Director of Policy Planning for the Department of State, and he has served as a Principal Advisor to Secretary of State, Colin Powell, at the Department of State on foreign policy concerns.


Kendall Campus will host their ceremony at 1:30 p.m. at Kendall Campus’ Gymnasium. Each graduate will be given three guest tickets.

James Bernard Machen, president of the University of Florida, will deliver the commencement speech at the ceremony.


Wolfson and Hialeah Campus will host their commencement ceremony at  3:30 p.m. at the James L. Knight International Center. Graduates will be given three guest tickets each.

Judith Rodin, president of the Rockefeller Foundation, will speak at the ceremony.

Rodin has been president of The Rockefeller Foundation since 2005. She was previously president of the University of Pennsylvania and the first woman to lead an Ivy League institution.


The Medical Campus will have their ceremony at 7 p.m. at the James L. Knight International Center. Guest tickets are not needed to attend.

Jennifer Carroll, Florida’s Lieutenant Governor, will address Medical Campus graduates.


Kendall Campus Gymnasium:

11011 S.W. 104 St. Building 7000

James L. Knight International Center:

400 S.E. Second Avenue

For more information: http://www.mdc.edu/main/commencement/ or call  your campus Student Life.


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