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College Forum Volume 16, Number 2 : Page 1

MIAMI DADE COLLEGE COLLEGE MDC Commencement Attracts Top Speakers A World-ClAss send-off f orum President George W. Bush April 2012 • Volume 16 • Number 2 President Bill Clinton President Barack Obama A buzz of excitement is in the air at Miami Dade College as its big-gest celebration of the year draws near. Tassels are set to fly on April 28, with commencement ceremonies for the College’s eight campuses taking place throughout Miami-Dade County. High-level speakers will address graduates and their families on the eventful day, marking bright beginnings for those who persevered to complete their studies at MDC. Every year, the world’s most important figures come to offer their words of wisdom and encouragement to MDC graduates at com-mencement, including all U.S. presidents who have been in office in the past 20 years. In 2011, the College had the honor of present-ing President Barack Obama at its North and West Campus com-mencement, following in the footsteps of President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush , who addressed the College’s graduates in previous years. In recent years, graduates have received parting advice from world-class leaders in government, business and education, including Hon-duran President Porfirio Lobo , Georgetown University President Dr. John J. DeGioia , Univision Network President César Conde , Brown University President Dr. Ruth Simmons , Lumina Foundation Presi-dent Jamie Merisotis , U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis and former U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi . Stay tuned for this year’s announcement of commencement speak-ers at . – MR Global leaders Broaden Educational, Intercultural Perspectives Throughout its prolific history spanning more than five de-cades, Miami Dade College has spurred the intellectual de-velopment and intercultural understanding of its students, faculty, administrators and the community at large by host-ing a wide variety of events featuring world-renowned lead-ers and dignitaries who have visited the College to share their insights and vision for the future. This semester brought more distinguished guests to MDC. Spain’s former Prime Minister José María Aznar discussed global ties between the U.S. and Europe. The Honorable Ambassador João Vale de Almeida , who heads the Del-egation of the European Union to the U.S., offered insights on world economics and politics. Former Nicaraguan Presi-dent Enrique Bolaños presented a lecture on his virtual library, the greatest online repository of digitalized historic documents in Nicaragua and the first of its kind in Central America. U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis hosted a discussion at MDC with Miami Latino leaders focusing on the president’s State of the Union address and is-sues of importance to the Latino community. Egyp-tian Ambassador to the U.S. Sameh Shoukry met with Honors College students for a question-and-answer session. In recent years, the Col-lege’s acclaimed Miami Leadership Roundtable series has featured a bevy of brilliant keynote speakers, including Po-land’s Lech Walesa , former Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev and former U.S. president Jimmy Carter , among many other renowned leaders. With this strong tradition of offering profound intellectual insights, Miami Dade College moves boldly into its next half century of development. U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter

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