Students who plan to graduate this spring must submit graduation applications by March 26 for their names to appear in the commencement ceremony program.
Five commencement ceremonies will take place on May 5.
- North and InterAmerican Campuses’ ceremony will be held at the University of Miami Watsco Center at 8 a.m.
- Homestead Campus’ ceremony will be at the Kendall Campus Gymnasium at 10:30 a.m.
- Wolfson and Hialeah Campuses’ ceremony will be held at the University of Miami Watsco Center at 1 p.m.
- Medical Campus’ ceremony will be at the Kendall Campus Gymnasium at 3:30 p.m.
- Kendall and West Campuses’ ceremony will be held at the University of Miami Watsco Center at 6:30 p.m.
To apply, students need to fill out a graduation form at their campus’ advisement and career services office. Students graduating with a bachelor’s degree must visit the department from which they are receiving their degree.
Students who have completed their program’s requirements this academic year or will complete them by the end of the summer term with at least a 2.0 GPA are urged to attend their campus’ commencement ceremony.
“I feel students should participate in the commencement ceremony because it is an accomplishment to finish what you start,” said Belinda Duclos, the senior academic and career advisor at Wolfson Campus. “Students will visit their academic advisor. We will review their audit to make sure all requirements are met. Afterwards, the student will complete the graduation application which is a physical paper.”
Students will be provided entry tickets. Tickets will be available for pick up at Student Life and caps and gowns will be available at each campus bookstore on April 16.
Information on how many tickets each student will receive for guests to attend graduation will be announced at a later date. Students’ diplomas will be mailed to them via U.S. mail six to eight weeks after their grades are posted.
“Everyone should go to the commencement ceremony so that they can get recognized for their hard work,” said Miguel Zamudio, 20, the student government association president at Kendall Campus. “It’s the final stretch. Everyone should work hard so that we can all finish our schooling at Miami Dade on a strong note.”
14,000 students attended last year’s commencement ceremony. The College expects that number to increase this year, said Juan Mendieta, the director of communications at MDC.
“I cannot wait for graduation,” said Nicholas Basso, 21, a Wolfson Campus student, who said he will be applying for the 2018 graduation ceremony. “My parents and grandmother are flying in from Connecticut to watch me walk. I’m the first person in my family to graduate college so this is a big deal. I cannot wait for all of my hard work to pay off.”