FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2014
Contact: Ilene Greenfield
Director of Media Relations
201-291-1111, ext. 1-5122
BERKELEY COLLEGE HONORS VETERANS AND MILITARY GRADUATES
AT VETERANS HISTORY PROJECT GALA
Berkeley College recently held its second annual Veterans History Project gala honoring Veterans of the Armed Forces as well as 110 military graduates who will receive degrees during the Berkeley College Commencement Ceremony on Friday, April 25. The event featured an exclusive screening of a video that will be submitted to the Library of Congress as part of the Veterans History Project, an endeavor created in 2000 to collect, preserve and archive personal accounts of American service members.
In the video, Berkeley College students, staff and other veterans chronicle their personal experiences during military training, deployment and combat. To view the video, click here.
At the event, Berkeley College military graduates each received a red, white and blue honor cord to be worn during the upcoming Commencement ceremony. Keynote speaker Roger E. Oslizly, First Sergeant (retired), a recipient of numerous medals including the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart, encouraged the graduates in their endeavors.
“You’re going to go on in your education, and you’re going to make this country stronger and better than it is today,” Mr. Oslizly told the graduates. “And you’re going to be heroes again.”
The following individuals contributed their stories to the Veterans History Project video:
Berkeley College students
- Matteo Bonomo of Flushing, Queens, U.S. Army
- Xavier Carpio of Newark, U.S. Army
- Bradley Clarke of Rosedale, Queens, U.S. Navy (Currently deployed)
- Ryan Davenport of Paterson, U.S. Army
- Chaz Epps of Orange, U.S. Navy
- Speedy Guareno of Kearny, U.S. Army
- Andres Mendez of Newark, U.S. Army
- Evan Wright of Jersey City, U.S. Army
- Chris Carbone of Wayne, U.S. Army (Currently deployed)
- Stan Holland of Newark, Berkeley College Campus Operating Officer, Newark, U.S. Army
- Maja Johnson of Newark, Berkeley College alumna, U.S. Army
Approximately 500 military students and veterans are enrolled at Berkeley College in New York and New Jersey, and through Berkeley College Online®. The College participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program under the G.I. Bill and collaborates on national ventures with the National Guard, the Army and the Air Force, the GoArmyEd distance learning program, and the Navy College Program Distance Learning Partnership. The College was honored in 2014 as a military-friendly school by Military Advanced Education, Military Times, and G.I. Jobs magazines.
A leader in providing career-focused education for more than 80 years, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls approximately 8,000 students – including more than 900 international students – in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree and Certificate programs. The College has three New York locations – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. In New Jersey there are six locations – Woodland Park, Paramus, Woodbridge, Newark, Clifton and Dover. Berkeley College Online® also offers full degree programs. Programs are offered in more than 20 career fields. The website address is www.BerkeleyCollege.edu.
Photo Caption A: Roger E. Oslizly, First Sergeant (retired), speaks to Berkeley College military students during the second annual Veterans History Project gala. The event also honored the 110 military graduates who will receive degrees during the Berkeley College Commencement Ceremony on Friday, April 25.
Photo Caption B: The military community of Berkeley College is honored during the second annual Veterans History Project gala. The event also recognized the 110 military graduates who will receive degrees during the Berkeley College Commencement Ceremony on Friday, April 25.
- end -
To view high-resolution version of these photos, visit