DADE MEDICAL COLLEGE HOSTS
ANNUAL STUDENT GRADUATION
MIAMI, FL - July 19, 2012 - Dade Medical College hosted their annual student graduation on Saturday, July 14, 2012 at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium.
The 380 students graduating with degrees in Nursing, Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound, Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography, General Radiologic Technology, Medical Assistant, Medical Billing and Coding and Massage Therapy represent an increase of almost double the number of students that graduated last year. "We are proud to know that we helped these students pursue their dreams to work in the medical field. The outcome-based education they received at Dade Medical College prepares them for the real world challenges they will face in these demanding but rewarding professions but we are confident they will all be champions in their respective healthcare discipline," said Ernesto Perez, Dade Medical College President and CEO.
Dade Medical College opened in 1999 with one student, one program and one small building that housed several classrooms. Thirteen years later, the college boasts nearly 2,000 students and six Florida campuses from Homestead to Jacksonville plus a corporate office.
Mayor Carlos Gimenez attended the ceremony and offered the graduates some heartfelt words of encouragement. The keynote speaker at the ceremony was Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jean Monestime.Mr. Monestime was first elected to District 2 on November 2, 2010. After 30 years as a resident of Miami-Dade County, he became the first Haitian-American to ever serve on the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners.
The event's Master of Ceremonies was WSVN's Meteorologist Vivian Gonzalez. Vivian joined 7News in 2005 as a Weather Producer. Due to her hard work, she was quickly promoted to Weather Anchor in 2007 for "Today In Florida" Saturday Edition. She enjoys being a part of the community teaching children about math and science and as a Miami native who used education to be where she is today, it was a natural choice for her to represent Dade Medical College in this important educational milestone.
The graduates, their guests, school officials and other VIPS brought the total of invited guests to approximately 2300. "We have a full house at the auditorium and we couldn't be prouder," said Perez.