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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.

Lt. Gen. Darpino '83 at Garthwait Leadership Summit

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.

During her service, she has been awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with one Silver Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, and the Iraqi Campaign Medal. She is also entitled to wear the Air Assault Badge and the Army Staff Identification Badge.

The commanding officer of the JAG corps is a 2012 recipient of the College’s Distinguished Alumni Award, and recently spoke to students and alumni at the Garthwait Leadership Summit in October 2013 (pictured above).

Find out more about Gettysburg College's 2014 Commencement.


Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Contact: Christine Shanaberger, associate director of communications/coordinator of presidential communications, 717.337.6806

Posted: Fri, 17 Jan 2014

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