College Awarding 934 Certificates and Associate Degrees Combined to Prospective Graduates

Article by: Rosa Linda Reynoso

The time has come for “Pomp & Circumstance.” Del Mar College will celebrate the success of prospective graduates during Spring 2014 Commencement at the American Bank Center on Monday, May 12, beginning at 7 p.m.

The College will award 934 certificates and associate’s degrees combined. And, the Spring Class of 2014 includes 104 Collegiate High School students who will receive certificates and degrees before getting their high school diplomas on May 16.

Before DMC prospective graduates walk the stage, however, they’ll hear words of wisdom from Dr. D. Scott Elliff, superintendent of the Corpus Christi Independent School District (CCISD). The Del Mar College alumnus is serving as this year’s Spring Commencement speaker.    

As superintendent of schools for CCISD, Dr. Elliff leads teaching and learning activities for the 39,000-student district with an annual operating budget reaching over $297 million. CCISD’s student profile includes a significant percentage of students of color (84%) and poverty (63%).

The Nueces County native has over 30 years of experience working with public schools in our region and around the nation.  

He began his career with CCISD in 1982 as a classroom teacher. Prior to leaving the district in 1997 to begin a consulting practice, Dr. Elliff served in a variety of administrative positions that included curriculum development, student services and public affairs. From 1997 to 2003, he served as a senior consultant with the Panasonic Foundation, working with urban school districts in several states. 

A Del Mar College alumnus, Dr. Elliff earned his baccalaureate and masters degrees from Corpus Christi State University. In 2013, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi awarded Dr. Elliff his doctorate in Education Leadership. 

In 2004, Dr. Elliff was named as Inaugural Executive Director of Citizens for Educational Excellence, a local education fund in Corpus Christi. He served in this position until his return to CCISD in 2005. Among his credits, Dr. Elliff was recognized as the Region 2 Superintendent of the Year in 2011.

In January, Dr. Elliff announced his plans to retire from CCISD in September.

IN THE PHOTO: Dr. D. Scott Elliff, Superintendent of Schools for the Corpus Christi Independent School District, is the 2014 Spring Commencement keynote speaker.

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