York College Awards Diploma - 60 Years Later

by Sue M. Roush

Darlene MiltnerDarlene Swartz Miltner grew up on a farm outside of York, Nebraska. After graduating from York High School, at age 16, she attended York College the summer of 1947 enrolling to take vocal lessons from Dean Amadon. That summer she worked in the office of a local attorney who encouraged her to study pre-law. She enrolled at York College fall 1947 and declared Political Science as her major. “Because I was so young, my parents insisted that I stay close to home,” said Miltner. “In 1945 we moved from the farm to York and lived on 8th Street, not far from the Levitt’s. 

 In June, 1950, Darlene married Don Miltner and the two moved to Kearney, Nebraska, where Darlene continued her studies at the University of Nebraska – Kearney, then Kearney State College. In 1952 the Miltners moved to Lincoln and Darlene began working at the State Capitol Building as an administrative assistant to the Director of the Department of Health. Miltner found her work with the department varied and interesting. One area of her work was to take all the minutes at closed legal hearings of those whose license was in jeopardy because of unprofessional conduct.  At that time, the medical and cosmetology professions were licensed by the State Department of Health.

Miltner received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1969.  By that time she and Don had two sons.

Even after moving away so long ago, York College always was a special place to Miltner. "I was a teenager then and York College was where I made memorable, lasting, Christian friendships. Friendships throughout my life have been meaningful and enriching. I keep in touch with friends from country school, high school and college days as well as those with whom I worked at the State Capitol. Although I attended another college and university, most friendships I maintain are mainly the ones I made at York College.” Several months ago, Miltner approached York College and asked if there was a way she could transfer her credits and receive a diploma from York.

After reviewing her transcripts, York College Registrar, Tod Martin, determined she could indeed receive a diploma.  During this year’s Legacy Reunion (a gathering of pre-1956 alumni) Miltner was presented a diploma by President Steve Eckman.  “The joy of a lifetime was presented to me the evening of June 23rd,” said Miltner. “Thank you for this honor, an honor that is cherished and regarded with affection, the Bachelor of Arts degree from York College.”

Darlene and her husband Don still live in Lincoln, Nebraska and recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. 

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