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College Forum Volume 20. Number 3 : Page 1

MIAMI DADE COLLEGE A CLASS OF GAME CHANGERS June 2016 • Volume 20 • Number 3 his spring at commencement ceremo-nies, the excitement flowed far beyond the packed auditoriums as 14,000 graduates received diplomas in five joyful celebrations. For their hard work, several received coveted Jack Kent Cooke Transfer Scholarships , and many more are heading to top schools, includ-ing prestigious Ivy League universities such as Yale , Cornell and Columbia , to name a few. Miami Dade College’s Class of 2016 truly rep-resents the nation’s cultural salad bowl, with graduates speaking more than 90 languages and hailing from more than 190 countries . This year’s class is marked by active game chang-ers, many already making a significant impact on their communities and intent on addressing the world’s most pressing issues through their varied pursuits, ranging from scientific research, health care and international relations to technology, entrepreneurship and business development. As in past MDC ceremonies with inspiring ad-dresses from leaders such as U.S. Presidents George W. Bush , Bill Clinton and Barack Obama , this year’s graduates were urged to improve the world. Read those wise words and learn about the top graduates on Pages 15-17. COLLEGE MDC’s Jack Kent Cooke Scholars, Ivy Leaguers and 14,000 Grads Ready to Take Lead f orum T Secretary of State Lauds Honors College Students I n an exciting prelude to MDC’s commencement activities, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivered an inspiring keynote address to a captivated audience of students from The Honors College during a special ceremony in recognition of their academic accomplishments, leadership contributions and community service. “You have shown a willingness and a commitment to try to demand the best from yourselves, and thereby, to take that first giant step to-ward what you will need to find success,” he said. “You have every right to take pride in Miami Dade and what you’ve accomplished.” Kerry asked students to consider how they will apply the lessons learned during their time at “Democracy’s College” as they set out to make their mark on the world. After his keynote speech, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, center, met with students from The Honors College. He also celebrated the immense diversity represented among MDC’s vast student body. “Don’t let anyone undermine your faith in the American Dream, be-cause make no mistake, that dream begins with diversity,” he said. “The student body of this college is a living demonstration of that im-portant principle.” During his remarks from MDC’s National Historic Landmark Free-dom Tower, Kerry also lauded the College for its focus on innovation and cutting-edge approach to education as well as its award-winning initiatives, service-learning projects and internationally recognized cul-tural programs such as Miami Book Fair and Miami Film Festival. – AMS

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