News and Events
December 03, 2009
Fall Commencement December 10
Darton College's Fall 2009 Commencement will be held Thursday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. in the Cavalier Arena.
Julie Hunt will give the keynote speech. Hunt is president of J H Services and Hunt Advertising and Communications in Tifton and is a former University System of Georgia Regent. She has served on Gov. Zell Miller's Privatization Commission and on the Georgia Development Authority. Hunt previously taught English at Tift County High School, and she holds a bachelor¹s degree in education from Valdosta State University.
Approximately 381 graduates (summer and fall) are eligible to receive an associate of science, associate of arts, associate of applied science degree, or a certificate. Following commencement, the Darton College Foundation and the Student Government Association will host a reception for the graduates and their families in the Student Center.
Marine Sgt. Justin Zaruba, 23, will be graduating in December with an associate's degree in business administration. Sgt. Zaruba has only been on the Darton campus 12 times. He has taken all of his courses online.
A native of Appleton, Wis., he currently lives in Moundsville, W. Va. He started online courses through Darton while he was stationed at the marine base in Albany in the summer of 2007. He chose Darton because the college accepted a lot of his military transfer credits and was much more affordable than other schools.
Sgt. Zaruba worked on his degree even during deployment to Iraq (Feb. - Aug. 2008), where he worked in supply and logistics. He would make time for his classes when he had computer access and any "downtime."
He says that taking online classes through Darton has been a great experience. He credits Carol Ann Ham, Darton's student success program director, with helping him quite a bit with scheduling his classes.
After graduation from Darton, the married father of one plans to move on to DeVry University to seek a bachelor's degree in business administration. How will he continue his studies while still serving in the Marine Corps? He will be taking them online, of course.
The allied health pinning will be held Dec. 10 at 4 p.m. in the Cavalier Arena.
The nursing pinning ceremony for 105 nursing graduates will be held Dec. 10 at 5 p.m. in the Cavalier Arena. Darton Nursing Instructor Beth Hultquist is the speaker.
For more information about commencement and/or pinnings, contact Communications & Marketing at (229) 317-6709.