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CLASS OF 2013: STAY DRIVEN, ACHIEVE YOUR DREAMS MIAMI DADE COLLEGEforum COLLEGE June 2013 • Volume 17 • Number 2 Successful MDC Alumni Share Wisdom With Graduates M arking departures as new beginnings, Miami Dade College hon-ored its 2013 graduates with inspiring commencement ceremo-nies that celebrated their bright futures. In the course of a single day, MDC graduated more than 13,000 students originating from 184 countries during five back-to-back ceremonies. Speakers addressing this year’s graduates were notable South Florida leaders – mostly MDC alumni, who triumphantly returned to their alma mater to pay forward the wisdom and encouragement that have propelled them to success. This year’s inspiring speakers included Bill Diggs, president and CEO of the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce; U.S. Congressman Joe García; Carlos Migoya, president and CEO of Jackson Health System; Jorge Plasencia, chairman and CEO of República and chairman of the board of the National Council of La Raza; and MDC Professor Mark Richards. They celebrated the unique diversity of the College’s student body, comprising the nation’s largest undergraduate enrollment and the largest number of Hispanic and African-American students. In recognition of their service to the country, MDC honored at all com-mencement ceremonies its more than 300 student veterans, who stood out among their peers wearing red, white and blue cords over their gowns. As it does every year, the Board of Trustees presented $5,000 schol-arships to top graduates from each campus to reward their academic achievements. (For more about this year’s Commencement festivities and top graduates, see Pages 15-19). – MR MDCLifts Economy BY $3.3 BILLION College Has Positive Lasting Impact on Quality of Life in Region At a time when many economic challenges exist for our state and nation, a recent study by Economic Modeling Specialist Inc. (EMSI), a provider of employment data and economic analysis, found that the average annu-al added income to the community due to the activities of Miami Dade College (MDC) and its former students equals $3.3 billion. “This study reinforces the major role that Miami Dade College plays in the community as its great equalizer. We are very proud of the many contribu-tions that MDC has made academically, culturally and economically. How-ever, MDC’s greatest contribution is the people, nearly 2 million alumni,” said Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, president of MDC. “This study recon-firms the College’s commitment to provide its students with the knowledge, skills and values they will need to succeed, and as a result the entire com-munity benefits.” The study also shows that Florida benefits from improved health and Continued on Page 12 MDC Brings High Returns to Taxpayers and Students MDC Students MDC Taxpayers Stocks and Bonds Discount Rate Rate of Return

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