Donte Kendricks of Chula Vista, California, has been named a Fall 2019 Outstanding Student at Metropolitan State University. Kendricks, who graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement, was chosen as an outstanding student in the university’s College of Community Studies and Public Affairs. He was one of 1,308 students receiving bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees at Metropolitan State’s 105th Commencement exercises on Dec. 14, 2019 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
Kendricks has been employed as a police sergeant for the city of Chula Vista, California, for four years. Active in community service, he is an instructor and an instructor supervisor in the Chula Vista Citizens and Teen Academy, which is an extension of the city’s Community Oriented Policing. He also works as an adjunct professor at Miramar Community College and South Western Community College, where he teaches courses focused on law enforcement topics. This married father of three also served as the wrestling coach for his local high school during the 2018-2019 school year.
“I worked with Donte in several classes and I can say he is one of the top students I have had the privilege of working with at Metropolitan State University,” said nominator Susan Hilal. “The quality of his work exceeded expectations and demonstrated depth and breadth. It was clear he was an authority…and knows how to look at a problem from various perspectives.”