Bergen County Graduates Receive Diplomas from Berkeley College

FRIDAY, JUNE 9, 2017
Contact: Ilene Greenfield
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Graduates from Bergen County, NJ, were awarded diplomas at the 2017 Berkeley College Commencement ceremony, held on May 5, 2017, at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. More than 2,900 students were awarded Bachelor’s and Associate’s degrees, and Certificates. The graduating class included 175 military and veteran students and 200 international students, representing 42 countries.

“This is your day,” said Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College. “You have done it. The opportunities that stand before you are endless. From this moment forward, there are no limits other than what you place on yourself.”

The Berkeley College Class of 2017 comprises graduates who exemplify the “new” traditional student, as so many are first-generation college graduates, with some workforce experience. The average age of a Berkeley College graduate in 2017 is 28.5 years. Just over 31 percent of the graduates entered Berkeley as first-time, full-time students, and more than 81 percent identify as a minority.

The following students from Bergen County received diplomas:

  • Meghan Barthold of Waldwick, NJ, Associate in Applied Science in Health Sciences
  • Heather Borchers* of Oakland, NJ, Medical Assistant Certificate
  • Lisa Bruno* of Oakland, NJ, Bachelor of Business Administration in Management
  • Gabriella Cetta of Wyckoff, NJ, Bachelor of Business Administration in Fashion Merchandising and Management
  • Edwin Diaz of Mahwah, NJ, Associate in Applied Science in Business Administration – Management
  • Maria Ditacconi of Oakland, NJ, Bachelor of Business Administration in General Business
  • Debra Florance* of Oakland, NJ, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design
  • Patrick Fugazy* of Glen Rock, NJ, Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies – Criminal Justice
  • Adam Juran* of Mahwah, NJ, Bachelor of Business Administration in Management
  • Jillian Merola of Mahwah, NJ, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design
  • Palmira Moyet* of Oakland, NJ, Associate in Applied Science in Health Services Administration
  • Christopher Myerjack* of Waldwick, NJ, Patient Care Certificate
  • Patryk Praszek* of Oakland, NJ, Associate in Applied Science in Justice Studies – Criminal Justice
  • Karli Trewhella* of Franklin Lakes, NJ, Associate in Applied Science in Surgical Technology


* Denotes students graduating with honors

A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls more than 8,000 students – including more than 550 international students – in its Master’s, Bachelor’s and Associate’s degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business®, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies, and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers an MBA in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ.


Berkeley College has five New Jersey campuses – Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. In New York there are three campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. For four consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans. The website address is


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