President Obama, apparently as part of his general focus on the community college portion of higher education, will be giving the commencement at one of the country’s largest (161,000 students) community colleges.

According to an article by Danielle Alvarez in the Orlando Sentinel:

President Barak Obama is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the Miami-Dade College graduation ceremony next month.

The president will address more than 3,000 spring-semester graduates from the college’s North Campus on April 29 at the James L. Knight Center in downtown Miami.

Speaking at Miami Dade will allow the president to emphasize a college that focuses on continuing education and career preparation. It’s located in politically important Florida, which is likely to be crucial in the 2012 election.

Miami Dade opened as a community college in 1960. While still mostly open admissions, the college now offers several components, including an honors program and an allied health program, with selective admissions.

In 2003 the college began to issue bachelor’s degrees. The school dropped the word “community” from its name the same year.

Daniel Luzer

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