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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The president of Miami Dade College has been tapped to receive the nation’s highest honor.

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Next week Dr. Eduardo Padron will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The White House called Padron a national voice for access and inclusion. They add that he has worked to ensure all students have access to high quality, affordable education and championed innovative teaching and learning strategies.

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“The Presidential Medal of Freedom is not just our nation’s highest civilian honor – it’s a tribute to the idea that all of us, no matter where we come from, have the opportunity to change this country for the better,” said President Barack Obama in a statement.

Padron will be in good company at the ceremony on November 22nd.

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Among the 21 people receiving the honor are Bill and Melinda Gates, Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, Bruce Springsteen, Ellen DeGeneres and Michael Jordan.