The broiling hot temperatures of the past few months didn’t deter 404 prospective Del Mar College graduates from completing their studies and graduating in the Class of Summer 2017.
On Friday, Aug. 18, approximately 230 graduates walked the stage during commencement in Richardson Performance Hall.
The College presented a combined 512 certificates, associates degrees and occupational skills awards in a time-honored ceremony marked by cheers and applaud from graduates’ families and friends. Before the graduates’ names were read, keynote speaker Chief Robert Rocha of the Corpus Christi Fire Department (CCFD) addressed the sea of blue caps and gowns.
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Rocha became CCFD chief in December 2011 following a distinguished 28-year career with the Kansas City, Kansas Fire Department.
Born and raised in Kansas City, Chief Rocha started as a firefighter there in 1982 and progressed through the ranks, serving as a fire apparatus operator, fire captain, battalion chief, fire marshal, assistant fire chief and deputy chief. He retired as senior deputy fire chief before coming to Corpus Christi.
Chief Rocha is proud to hold an associate in applied science degree from Kansas City, Kansas Community College, where he majored in fire science.
He also holds a bachelor of arts degree in management from MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas, and a master’s degree in business administration from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas.
Chief Rocha is also a graduate of the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and he is certified by the State of Kansas as a project manager.
IN THE PHOTO: Corpus Christi Fire Department Chief Robert Rocha served as Del Mar College's Summer 2017 Commencement keynote speaker.