Oldest (Charlotte Butler) and Youngest (N’Kiyah Galberth) Post Grads Demonstrate University’s Focus on Individualized Student Needs

WATERBURY, Conn -– Post University’s® 127th Commencement will reflect divergent ends of the student spectrum when Charlotte Butler (nearly 85 years old) and N’Kiyah Galberth (17 years old) graduate together with Associate Degrees from the John P. Burke School of Public Service and Education.

Butler decided at age 80 to go back to school to earn an associate degree in Criminal Justice and “strengthen” her mind. She will achieve that goal this month…then turn 85 next month! Galberth, having recently completed her high school graduation requirements, is the first Post University High School Academy student to earn an associate degree. A specially designed dual enrollment program for Highville Change Academy students allowed Galberth to be awarded her degree in Legal Studies within weeks of ending her high school career.

The two will be part of Post University’s undergraduate commencement at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 13, on the University’s Great Lawn.

Butler, who is from Naugatuck, pursued her degree online, so she could proceed at her own pace and would be able to take classes when she couldn’t get to the campus. Galberth took advantage of Post’s High School Academy through a unique partnership with Highville Change Academy that allows their students to complete college coursework either online, in their high school classroom, or on Post’s Waterbury Campus.

Everything worked out well for them both and now the two students…one old enough to be the other’s great-grandmother…will walk the same commencement stage and graduate on May 13.

“Celebrating the successes of such diverse students highlights what makes Post University unique. We are able to deliver sought-after academic degrees to divergent populations online, on ground, or in a hybrid format, resulting in highly personalized programs,” says Donald W. Mroz, Ph.D., President of Post University. 

Par for the course at Post University, which has emerged as a unique institution of higher learning. Despite its rich 127-year history, Post is anything but staid. More than 20 years ago, Post became the first school in Connecticut to offer degree programs fully online to better serve evolving student populations. Today, the school is a leader in delivering personalized learning experiences in smaller classes where students come first, and faculty and staff support each student’s academic progress every step of the way. Post University continues to elevate higher education into a more transformational experience.

Post University will celebrate the successes of more than 1,200 graduates from the 2016-2017 academic year at its 127th Commencement on Saturday, May 13. The graduate and undergraduate commencements will be held on the great lawn at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., respectively. Each ceremony will be broadcast live on www.post.edu/livestream so those who cannot attend in person can join the festivities online.

Co-commencement speakers for both ceremonies will be Dr. Peter Jacoby, President of Franklin Medical Group and Chairman of Emergency Medicine at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, and his wife, Kristen Jacoby, who is President and CPO of United Way of Greater Waterbury. Co-valedictorians Louis Santa Barbara, of Oakville, CT, (Main Campus) and Kristen Herring from Muscle Shoals, AL, (online), also will address the undergraduate class at 3 p.m.

In addition to Butler and Galberth, Post University’s commencement also will include:
• Two pairs of mother-daughter graduates – one pair graduating with B.S. in Business Administration degrees; and one pair both earning Master of Public Administration degrees.
• The family of an active military student who died nine credits short of his degree posthumously accepting his B.S. in Business Administration.

For more information on Post University’s 127th Commencement, visit www.post.edu/graduationhttp://www.post.edu/graduation2015/.


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