As part of his commitment to higher education, President Obama has agreed to speak to the graduating classes of Miami Dade College and the United States Coast Guard Academy.

Miami Dade College

On April 29th, at 7:00 p.m., the president will speak to the graduation class of Miami Dade College. Miami Dade College is considered to be one of the largest and most diverse campuses in the country. It currently has over 170,000 students enrolled in one of the eight campuses and online around the world. It boasts associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in technology and community services (among others). Miami Dade College has a new arts program that is already winning great reviews. It was founded in the 1960s with the ideal that everyone is entitled to a higher education. When first opened, it operated out of a converted chicken factor, thus earning it the nickname, “chicken coop college.” It was the first entirely integrated college in the state of Florida. By 1970, it had grown into the largest college in the state of Florida, with a 66% minority enrollment. Throughout the following decades, Miami Dade grew into a college offering over 50 degree programs, a technology department, and a fine arts department.

U.S. Coast Guard Academy

The president will then speak to the graduating class of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy on May 18th at 11:00 a.m. The Coast Guard Academy is one of the smallest of the federal institutions. This military academy puts emphasis on leadership, physical fitness and honor. Graduates immediately enter into service in the Coast Guard either on land or at sea. The Coast Guard was originally known as the Revenue Marine. Formed by Alexander Hamilton, the Revenue Marine had at its’ purpose the collecting of tariffs, expecting ships, and safeguarding U.S. shores. The academy had its’ roots in 1876, when nine cadets took classes abroad a schooner ship. The first land school was established in 1890.

To learn more about Miami Dade College, go here

To learn more about the Coast Guard Academy, go here

2 comments on “President Obama to Deliver Commencement Addresses

  • It eventually became the Marine Revenue Cutter Service, but at its formation it was known simply as the Revenue Marine–this according to the Coast Guard Academy websitel.

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