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College Holding Winter 2021 Commencement as Virtual Ceremony on Dec. 17 (Livestream Links)

DMC graduating 601 students overall with 180 participating as part of online event; KRIS 6 News anchor Katia Uriarte serving as commencement speaker

Article by Melinda Eddleman

It’s become the new tradition until the COVID-19 pandemic comes to an end. Del Mar College will hold its Winter Commencement Ceremony virtually with participating “prospective” graduates receiving recognition next Friday, Dec. 17, for their hard work and reaching their goals of earning certificates, associate’s degrees or both.

The College will hold the Class of Summer/Fall 2021 ceremony online beginning with a pre-show at 6:30 p.m. and the formal ceremony at 7 p.m. The December Commencement Ceremony also will include a keynote address presented by KRIS 6 News anchor Katia Uriarte.

One-hundred-eighty (180) members of the Class of Summer/Fall 2021, which includes 601 “prospective” graduates overall, will participate during the DMC virtual commencement on Friday. Del Mar College is awarding 745 associate’s degrees and certificates combined to the total Class of Summer/Fall 2021.

“Prospective” graduates, family, friends and the Coastal Bend community can watch the event using the following links:

Questions about commencement? Contact the DMC Registrar’s Office at reginfo@delmar.edu.

KRIS 6 News Anchor Katia Uriarte

She’s been the face Coastal Bend viewers have seen reporting news since 2004, first with a competitor station and now as an evening anchor for KRIS 6 News. And, on Dec. 17, Katia Uriarte will provide special remarks for DMC’s Class of Fall 2021 as they move forward with their own careers or continue their studies elsewhere.

Of her own career path, she wrote, “I remember the moment I wanted to be a journalist. It was my senior year at Loyola University in New Orleans. I was about to take the LSAT for law school when I took a communications class and… I was bitten. That was it!!! I KNEW right then and there I had found my passion.”

“It was the rush of putting together a newscast. The responsibility of telling a fair story. And let’s be honest, the lights and cameras were fun, too,” Uriarte noted. Uriarte also wrote that she’s been in the news business for 18 years, and her passion for the field has grown stronger.

Corpus Christi has been her home longer than anywhere else she’s lived, and the Coastal Bend is where she and her husband have chosen to raise their son.

“We are blessed to have the beach a short drive away,” she wrote. “The wind makes our city memorable, and the people make our city great.”

Prior to airing her remarks next Friday, Uriarte has a preliminary message for Del Mar College’s Class of Summer/Fall 2021, “
Congratulations on receiving your diploma. You’ve worked hard to earn it. Now go out there and be the leader you were born to be. Go out and put your stamp on the world. Create your legacy and inspire others.”

She added, “Para adelante, mi gente!” Or, “Forward, my people!”




About Del Mar College

Del Mar College empowers students to achieve their dreams. We offer quality programs, individual attention, outstanding instruction through faculty with real-world experience and affordable costs to credit and noncredit students in Corpus Christi and the South Texas Coastal Bend area. Nationally recognized while locally focused, we’re ranked in the top two percent of community colleges in the country granting associate degrees to Hispanic students (Community College Week). Del Mar College focuses on offering our students programs that match current or emerging career opportunities. Whether students are interested in the fine arts, sciences, business, occupational or technical areas, students get the education they need for the future they want at Del Mar College.