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Vice President Joe Biden Focuses on Diversity at Miami Dade College Commencement Speech

Biden spoke at the Kendall Campus' commencement ceremony Saturday.



    Vice President Joe Biden spoke at Miami-Dade College's commencement ceremonies Saturday. NBC 6's Claudia DoCampo reports (Published Saturday, May 3, 2014)

    Focusing on diversity and the American Dream, Vice President Joe Biden spoke with some of South Florida's newest graduates Saturday.

    Biden was in town delivering the keynote address for Miami Dade College's Kendall Campus commencement ceremonies.

    The vice president addressed two thousand students before a crowd of almost 65,000, celebrating immigrants and the children of immigrants who were "drawn by the central promise of the United States of America."

    "Anything is possible in America," Biden said in his speech.

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    Many students said Biden's words resonated with their personal journeys.

    "I feel that's something very dear to me," said graduate Merary Hernandez, who was inspired by Biden's message about not giving up. "I could've just thrown in the towel at any moment -- when they told me I got denied scholarships because I did not have a social security number, or my immigration status, or that of my parents' status."

    Now, students like Hernandez can check off one less hurdle on the road to achieving their dreams. On Friday, Gov. Rick Scott signed into law a bill that allows undocumented students to qualify for in-state tuition, a measure the governor did not support three years ago.

    "Children in our state that grow up in our state should get the same tuition as their peers," Scott said in defense of the bill.

    In the meantime, MDC's graduates are looking to the future after a very special day.

    "I would say it's one of the most important days of my life," graduate Jose Bohorquez said.