Miami Dade College Graduation | Sat., May 4, 2013

  • College president Eduardo Padron addresses students before the distribution of degrees during the MDC North and West Campus graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at the Bank United Center. Gregory Castillo / Miami Herald Staff

  • School board member Susie Castillo, mother of deceased MDC student Andrea Castillo, along with her family and Andrea's fiance, are presented a posthumous degree in her daughters name during the MDC North and West Campus graduation on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at the Bank United Center. Gregory Castillo / Miami Herald Staff

  • Angie Flores, student government Vice-President and a guest speaker of second-lady Jill Biden at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, takes a moment to photograph a friend who received her diploma during the MDC North and West Campus graduation on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at the Bank United Center. Gregory Castillo / Miami Herald Staff

  • Graduates celebrate after receiving their diplomas during the MDC North and West Campus graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at the Bank United Center. Gregory Castillo / Miami Herald Staff

  • Graduates celebrate after receiving their diplomas during the MDC North and West Campus graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at the Bank United Center. Gregory Castillo / Miami Herald Staff

  • MDC North and West Campus president Dr. Jose A. Vicente signals out closing celebrations during the end of the MDC North and West Campus graduation on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at the Bank United Center. Gregory Castillo / Miami Herald Staff

  • A live drumming performance, loud music and fog machines helped cap off the finale of the MDC West and North Campus graduation on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at the Bank United Center. Gregory Castillo / Miami Herald Staff

  • A live drumming performance, loud music and fog machines helped cap off the finale of the MDC West and North Campus graduation on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at the Bank United Center. Gregory Castillo / Miami Herald Staff

  • MDC colored beach balls descended from the banisters, marking the end of the class of 2013's journey at Miami Dade College during the MDC North and West Campus graduation on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at the Bank United Center. Gregory Castillo / Miami Herald Staff

  • Mary Anne Carabeo, an honors college student and SGA Treasurer, is awarded the Board of Trustees transfer scholarship during the MDC North and West Campus graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at the Bank United Center. Gregory Castillo / Miami Herald Staff