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Nueces County Sheriff J. C. Hooper serving as keynote speaker for Class of Fall 2018

Article by: Rosa Linda Reynoso

Final exams for the fall semester will end next week. For Del Mar College’s (DMC) 616 “prospective” graduates, taking that last final means graduation follows. 

Beginning at 7 p.m. next Thursday, Dec. 13, blue caps and gowns will fill the American Bank Center as the College awards approximately 792 certificates and associate’s degrees combined.

Nueces County Sheriff J. C. Hooper will provide the keynote address during the commencement ceremony, which will also include a visit from Valdar, the College’s Viking mascot.

On Nov. 1, Sheriff Hooper was sworn into office by the Nueces County Commissioners Court. Prior to assuming his new role as the leading law enforcement officer in the county, Hooper retired as a lieutenant from the Corpus Christi Police Department (CCPD) after 35 years of service. While with the CCPD, he served in numerous capacities, most recently as public information officer.

Sheriff Hooper now assumes responsibility for Nueces County law enforcement, including courthouse security and jail management. Among his ambitions for this new position, he plans to use social media, network with local commercial media and further develop collaboration with other regional law enforcement organizations. He supervises 330 employees.

After completing an associate in arts degree from Del Mar College, Sheriff Hooper earned a bachelor of science degree from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He and his wife, Cheryl, have two children attending high school.


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