I AM MDC Day celebrates Miami Dade College’s tradition of providing educational opportunity to more than two million students since first opening its doors on Sept. 6, 1960

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I AM MDC DAY

I AM MDC Day celebrates Miami Dade College’s tradition of providing opportunity, changing lives through education and elevating the entire community since first opening its doors on Sept. 6, 1960. The day of giving and school pride raises critical funds needed for scholarships and programs for students.

MDC Foundation raised more than Miami Dade College Foundation raised a record of $1,044,000 (and counting) for Miami Dade College (MDC) scholarships and programs that support students on its third annual I AM MDC Day Sept. 6. The amount raised more than quadruples last year’s total of $228,543.  The day of giving and school pride raises critical funds needed for scholarships and programs for students.

The ceremony  also featured MDC’s globally renowned President, Medal of Freedom winner and alumnus Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón with notable alumni guests Alex De Armas of WSVN, Monique Madan of The Miami Herald, and model and social media influencer Rafael Behrends.

L-R Mark Cole, Executive Director, MDC Foundation; Dr. Joaquin Martinez, Wolfson and Hialeah Campuses’ President; Bernie Navarro, Chair, MDC Board of Trustees; Julie Grimes, Chair MDC Foundation; Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, MDC President.
Photo: Cristian Lazzari, Miami Dade College

There will also be a special check presentation by lead sponsor – McDonald’s South Florida Operators Association Scholarship Program.   Across MDC’s eight campuses, celebrations will take place this afternoon, including a comedy show about the history of Miami featuring award-winning comedian and MDC professor Freddy Stebbins.

September 6 marks the first day of classes in 1960 where 1,428 eager students walked the hallways with very high hopes. Today, MDC is the largest and most diverse campus-based institution of higher education in the nation, with an enrollment of more than 165,000 students and more than two million alumni. Last year, government leadersofficially proclaimed Sept. 6 as I AM MDC Day in the City of Miami and across Miami-Dade County.

I AM MDC Day encourages the community to show their MDC school pride by wearing blue on Sept. 6, posting to social media with the official hashtag #IAMMDC, and making a gift online at www.mdc.edu/iammdc to support students.  MDC’s National Landmark Freedom Tower will be illuminated in MDC blue Thursday,  Sept. 6, at sunset.

I AM MDC Day is organized by the Miami Dade College Foundation and is one of the largest college-wide fundraisers of the year. Last year, funds raised on I AM MDC Day provided scholarships to 100 students and funded several important MDC programs.

For more information and to make an online gift, visit www.mdc.edu/iammdc.

 

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