Aberdeen, S.D., native Zach Rohrbach will receive his master’s degree in Health Informatics and Information Management from DSU on Saturday and will also be the student speaker, chosen by a committee to represent the students. Rohrbach said this opportunity was “a great way to use these past experiences to motivate others. He will tell his fellow graduates that they have the skills and know-how needed to move into their careers, which is a lesson he learned as an undergraduate at DSU.

Rohrbach started college as an exercise science major, planning on a career as a physical therapist. It only took one semester for him to realize he wasn’t comfortable with the direct, hands-on care involved with that job. Changing to Dakota State’s health information management major allowed him to continue working toward a degree in healthcare, where he can still help people and benefit the community, just from a different perspective.

His DSU coursework in health information was excellent, he said, and prepared him well for his job with the North Dakota Health & Human Services Department, where he provides informatics and data to decision makers. He works from home, a natural transition after doing many online classes. The University’s 4+1 program allowed him the flexibility to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. He may consider continuing his education at DSU in a few years by pursuing a doctoral degree.

The University provided more than academic advantages. Rorhbach played center for the Dakota State football team, and found that being on an athletics team provided something of a support net. His teammates and coaches were always there to help you out.

The DSU Spring Commencement ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, May 4, at 10:30 a.m. at the DSU Fieldhouse. A Hooding Ceremony for graduate students will take place at 9 a.m. in Dakota Prairie Playhouse,