The end of the semester is here, and with it, graduation and commencement. To kick off the beginning of a new chapter in the lives of the approximately 782 graduating students, Del Mar College has invited Doctor of Toxicology and Del Mar College alumnus Natividad Roberto Fuentes Jr. to give the keynote address at the commencement ceremony this Friday.
Fuentes graduated from Del Mar College in 2011 with an associate degree in biology and a certification in biotechnology. From there, he would go on to earn his bachelor’s degree in cellular and molecular biology from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and his doctorate from Texas A&M University in College Station.
He worked as a postdoctoral research fellow for over five years and currently works as an assistant professor at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He has co-authored several papers on various topics relating to biology and cancer research, receiving hundreds of work citations since 2016.
The commencement ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the American Bank Center.
Prospective graduates should familiarize themselves with the American Bank Center’s bag policy – all bags must be clear and no larger than 12 inches by 12 inches by 6 inches, with the exception of small clutch bags not exceeding 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches. Spiked jewelry, tablets and outside food and drink are prohibited as well.
Family and friends of the graduates who are unable to attend personally can still view the ceremony online by way of the college’s Boxcast, Facebook and Youtube livestreams, starting at 6:45 p.m. the day of.