MIAMI DADE COLLEGE COLLEGE I NSPIRING TOMORROW’S LEADERS Renowned Speakers to Address Graduates at MDC Commencement With the potential to empower, encourage and inspire, commencement addresses are one of the most memorable and beloved moments for graduates and their families. On April 29, Miami Dade College will host five commencement ceremonies where thou-sands of enthusiastic MDC graduates will hear from top leaders in various fields. This year’s speakers include Northeastern University President Dr. Joseph E. Aoun , who will speak at the day’s first ceremony for North Campus; Robert E. Sánchez , chairman and CEO of Ryder System, Inc. , who will deliver remarks at the InterAmerican and Homestead campuses’ ceremony; Brian K. Fitzgerald , CEO of The Business-Higher Education Forum , who will speak to graduates at the Wolfson and West campuses’ ceremony; Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski III , president of the University of Maryland , Baltimore County, who will address the Medical and Hialeah campuses’ ceremony; and Dr. Donna E. Shalala , Trustee Professor of Political Sci-ence and Health Policy, University of Miami , who will deliver remarks at the closing ceremony for Kendall Campus graduates. f orum April 2017 • Volume 21 • Number 2 Redesigning Student Success Miami Dade College received the 2017 Achieving the Dream’s Leah Meyer Austin Award (LMA), which annually recognizes an institution that has demonstrat-ed outstanding achievement in de-signing a student-focused culture that permeates all levels and struc-tures of the organization. Miami Dade College is a nation-al model of student achievement. MDC Receives Prestigious Achieving the Dream’s Leah Meyer Austin Award Starting in 2011, the College has analyzed student data, developed hypotheses about obstacles to completion, reviewed literature, and conducted surveys and focus groups. Student Services teams have adopted a guided pathway model to redesign academic and student services that support a stu-dent’s journey, including utilizing academic maps that help students reach graduation as quickly as pos-sible while incurring minimal finan-cial burden. This year’s award, sponsored by the Kresge Foundation , is presented in recognition of the College’s student success work. The award was announced at the opening session of DREAM 2017 National Convention, which was held in San Francisco.