Lieutenant General Darpino, Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Army, will speak and receive an honorary degree May 18 at Gettysburg College's 179th Commencement. The 11 a.m. ceremony will take place – rain or shine – on the Beachem Portico on the north side of Pennsylvania Hall.
Darpino is a 1983 graduate of Gettysburg College, received her Juris Doctor from Rutgers University in New Jersey, and holds a Master of Laws degree in Military Law from The Judge Advocate General’s School. Her military education includes the Senior Service College Fellowship (Department of Justice), the Army Command and General Staff College, the Judge Advocate Officer Graduate Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, and the Judge Advocate Officer Basic Course. Her husband, Colonel Chris O’Brien, is also a 1983 graduate of Gettysburg College.
In September 2013, Darpino was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General and began serving as The 39th Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Army. In the military’s 238-year history, she is the first female to hold this position.