Miami Dade College president awarded with Presidential Medal of Freedom


TION BUT NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED AND NO DETAILS YET ON WHAT CAUSED THAT FIRE.>>Victor: HIGH HONORS FROM THE WHITE HOUSE FOR AN OUTSTANDING SOUTH FLORIDA EDUCATOR.>>Janine: MIAMI-DADE PRESIDENT EDUARDO PADRON HAS BEEN NAMED THE RECIPIENT OF YOU MEDAL OF FREEDOM THE NATION’S HIGHEST CIVILLION HONOR.>>Victor: AND TODAY HE TALKED ABOUT IT WITH OUR FROM MICHAEL PUTNEY.>>I FEEL REALLY TOUCHED, HONORED.>>Michael: DR. EDUARDO PADRON SAYS HE IS THRILLED AND HUMBLED TO RECEIVE THE PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF HONOR.>>TO THINK THAT SOMEONE LIKE ME, AN IMMIGRANT WHO CAME TO THIS COUNTRY WITH NOTHIN, WILL BE HONORED BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE MOST POWERFUL NATION IN THE WORLD. IS A GREAT THING. I AM SO GRATEFUL.>>Michael: GENERATIONS HAVE STUDENTS ARE GRATEFUL TO PADRON FOR HIS LEADERSHIP, EXPANDING THE SCHOOL TO EIGHT CAMPUSES, SERVING 161,000 STUDENTS.>>I DON’T THINK THERE’S AN INSTITUTION THAT HAS PLAYED YOU MORE IMPORTANT ROLE THAN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THIS CITY THAN MIAMI-DADE COLLEGE>>Michael: PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS SPOKEN AT MIAMI-DADE SEVERAL TIMES OVER THE YEARS, ALWAYS PRAISING THE COLLEGE AND PADRON. HE WA CHOSEN FOR THE MEDAL, THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS, FOR BEING A NATIONAL VOICE FOR ACCESS AND INCLUSION. HE LAST WORKED TO ENSURE ALL STUDENTS HAVE ACCESS TO HIGH-QUALITY AFFORDABLE EDUCATION.>>WE HAVE A MUC BROADER CONCEPT OF EDUCATION, CULTURALLY. FOR EXAMPLE, AT THI TIME THE BOOK FAIR. THIS IS EDUCATION ATS BEST.>>Michael: THE MIAMI BOOK FAIR WHICH DR. PADRON COFOUNDED 33 YEARS AGO AND STILL HOSTS HERE ON THE DOWNTOWN CAMPUS IS ONE OF HIS MANY SINGULAR ACCOMPLISHMENTS.>>WE CHANGE LIVES BECAUSE WHAT WE DO IS WE GIVE OPPORTUNITIES TO PEOPLE THAT OTHERWISE WOULDN’T HAVE IT.>>Michael: DR. PADRON WILL BE ONE OF 21 PROMINENT AMERICANS GETTING THE PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM, AND WHAT A GROUP THEY ARE. IT INCLUDES BILL AND MELINDA GATES, ROBERT REDFORD, VIN QUIBBLE TOM HANKS, ELLEN DeGENERES, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, AND THE PERSON DR. PADRON SAID HE REALLY WANTS TO MEET, SINGER DIANA ROSS. IT ALL HAPPENS ON TUESDAY IN

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