Skip to main content
Guests homeNews home
17 of 50

Spring 2024 Commencement signifies success…one story sheds light on perseverance





18:57 PM


Latest “Hall of Fame” inductee Ethan G. Sullivan “walked stage” May 17, heading to Rockford University in Illinois to continue studies in drama

Article by Melinda Eddleman

Hard work, long days or nights and juggling different challenges is a common theme that runs among Del Mar College (DMC) students. And, for the nearly 700 participating “prospective” graduates who “walked the stage” during the College’s 2024 Spring Commencement on May 17, their perseverance paid off with the award of their certificate, associate’s degree or both.

Mark Escamilla_Lisa Sullivan_Joel Sullivan_Ethan Sullivan_Lenora Keas

Mark Escamilla_Lisa Sullivan_Joel Sullivan_Ethan Sullivan_Lenora Keas

Overall, the DMC Class of Spring 2024 included 926 “prospective” graduates who earned 1,137 associate’s degrees and certificates combined. Among those who took the spotlight during the ceremony was Ethan Gene Sullivan.

On May 9, he became DMC’s single newest2024 Hall of Fame inductee and joined the 423 honorees named before him. Sullivan completed another goal and graduated Magna Cum Laude with an Associate in Arts degree in Drama on May 17. His father Joel Sullivan, Director of Operations and Programming, and stepmother Lisa Sullivan, Internet Specialist II, who both work in the College’s Information Technology Department, presented to Ethan his degree onstage when the orator called his name.

Sullivan is now headed to Rockford, IL, to continue his studies and dreams at Rockford University.

April 2024 Production_25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee_Ethan Sullivan as Vice Principal Douglas Panch

April 2024 Production_25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee_Ethan Sullivan as Vice Principal Douglas Panch

He described his mother, Heather, as his “biggest fan,” and she had the opportunity to see him perform his freshman year during Del Mar Drama’s fall 2022 production of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

“That was the first and only production she got to see me onstage,” he said. His mother passed away in January 2023, and then he lost a good friend later that spring.

“I found myself put into a very difficult situation,” Sullivan noted, finding it hard to stay in school but persevering, tackling his studies and even taking on a new role as President of the Safe Space Club. “There were times when I wanted to surrender, to take a gap semester, to give myself a reprieve from the living hell that I had suddenly entered with a broken life and a broken heart.”

Sullivan credits the support system of faculty who checked on him and kept him going.

“Without their support, I don't think I would have been in the position I am today,” he said, adding: “Through my hard work, I was able to receive the honor of being on the Dean's list despite the difficult journey I had.” Both in 2023 and during the 2024 Recognition Ceremony, Sullivan received an “Outstanding Student” Award for his academic achievement in the Drama Program.

 As part of Sullivan’s Hall of Fame nomination, he wrote of first starting his journey at DMC, “For a while, I felt very alone. But that feeling of isolation quickly turned itself into a passion to reinvent myself and to attempt to make sure everyone around me would know my name.”

Preparing for the Zombie Walk_October 2023_Drama Major Ethan Sullivan

Drama major Ethan G. Sullivan prepares for the annual Zombie Walk as part of his Makeup Class working with prosthetics to create a realistic look. The Drama Program’s class holds the annual walk every October to give the Heritage Campus community a good scare. (Credit: Del Mar Drama)

Zombie Walk October 2023_Ethan Sullivan (red jacket) and Crew

Del Mar College Drama students taking the program’s Makeup class participated during the annual Zombie Walk held in October 2023. The gory ghouls learned to use prosthetics and other make up techniques to create their own individual Zombie-esque look to then terrorize unsuspecting community members on the College’s Heritage Campus. (Credit: Del Mar Drama)

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.

Latest DMC News