Bergen County Graduates Receive Diplomas from Berkeley College

FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2018
Contact: Ilene Greenfield
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Graduates from Bergen County, NJ, were awarded diplomas at the 2018 Berkeley College Commencement ceremony, held on May 11, 2018, at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. The graduating class included more than 140 military and veteran students, and 180 international students, who represent 40 countries. Two hundred and ninety-eight graduates received Certificates; 757 graduates received Associate degrees; 1,248 graduates received Bachelor’s degrees; and 58 graduates received Master’s level degrees.


“Know that the future isn’t written for us. The future is written by us,” said Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College. “In your heart, you truly need to understand that the only person you are destined to become … is the person that you decide to be.”


The Berkeley College Class of 2018 reflects a diverse population from all walks of life. Many are the first in their families to earn college degrees. Others are not native English-speaking. The average age of a Berkeley College graduate in 2018 is 29.6 years. Just over 31 percent of the graduates entered Berkeley as first time, full-time students; and, more than 82 percent identify as minorities.

Berkeley College graduates join a network of more than 60,000 alumni and receive lifetime career assistance. 


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 7,100 students – including more than 440 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 four New Jersey campuses – 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 five 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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Diplomas and areas of study are denoted in the fourth and fifth columns.


AAS = Associate in Applied Science

BBA = Bachelor of Business Administration
BFA = Bachelor of Fine Arts

BS = Bachelor of Science

CT = Certificate

MBA = Master of Business Administration


* Denotes students graduating with honors


+ Denotes graduate of the Honors Program, a selective, interdisciplinary and seminar-based educational opportunity offered to a limited number of high-achieving students.


Berkeley College - Bergen County, NJ          
First Name Last Name City Degree Area of Study  
Carolina Diaz* Elmwood Park AAS Justice Studies – Criminal Justice  
Jennifer Leon Elmwood Park AAS Medical Assistant  
Mark Lo Bue* Elmwood Park AAS Business Administration – Management  
La-Nida Smith Elmwood Park AAS Health Sciences  
Gabriella Tommolillo* Elmwood Park AAS Surgical Technology  
Natasha Trenard Elmwood Park AAS Health Services Administration – Medical Insurance, Billing and Coding  
Lisel Vazquez Elmwood Park AAS Medical Assistant  
Valentina Aliano* Elmwood Park BBA Business Administration – Management  
Quadhir Cline*+ Elmwood Park BBA Fashion Merchandising and Management  
Emily Guzman* Elmwood Park BBA General Business  
Rafaelina Rosario Elmwood Park BBA Health Services Management  
Ryan Miller* Elmwood Park CT Surgical Processing Technician  
Alea Odeh Fair Lawn AAS Justice Studies – Criminal Justice  
Baniela Sciscio* Fair Lawn AAS Surgical Technology  
James Tarpley Fair Lawn BBA Health Services Management  
Hanzel Escorcia* Fair Lawn BFA Graphic Design  
Brenda Henderson Garfield AAS Fashion Merchandising and Management  
Natalia Marzullo* Garfield AAS Surgical Technology  
Eduarda Rodrigues Garfield AAS Surgical Technology  
Jennifer Ruesta* Garfield AAS Surgical Technology  
Rosa Toribio-Vallejo Garfield AAS Health Services Administration  
Barbara Jones* Garfield BBA Health Services Management  
Leticia Micevski Garfield BBA Marketing Communications  
Joanna Reza Garfield BBA Fashion Merchandising and Management  
Laura Rivera Garfield BBA Business Administration – Management  
Miriam Esipila Garfield BS Legal Studies  
Jasmine Miranda-Summers* Garfield BS Justice Studies – Criminal Justice  
Darsy Rodriguez* Garfield BS Justice Studies – Criminal Justice  
Christian Vargas Garfield BS Justice Studies – Criminal Justice  
Anabel De La Cruz Garfield CT Patient Care Technician  
Andrea Gomez Garfield CT Medical Assistant  
Nadine Blanco Hasbrouck Heights AAS Business Administration – Management  
Alisha Carrillo Hasbrouck Heights AAS Marketing Communications  
Alexandra Caruso Hasbrouck Heights AAS Justice Studies – Criminal Justice  
Melanie White Hasbrouck Heights BBA Fashion Merchandising and Management  
Viomanda Fernandez* Hasbrouck Heights MBA Master of Business Administration in Management  
Javielis Tiburcio Valdez Lodi AAS Medical Assistant  
Hamza Hidri* Lodi BBA International Business  
Karla Paula* Lodi BBA General Business  
Anthony Gonzalez Lodi BFA Graphic Design  
Saida Bensagha Lodi CT Surgical Processing Technician  
Leyra Burga Lodi CT Medical Assistant  
Katherine Pena Lodi CT Medical Assistant  
Gari Semon* Maywood BBA Financial Services  
Jeannette Carias Moonachie AAS Fashion Merchandising and Management  
Christine Kisiel* Wallington BS Legal Studies  
Felipe Pena Wood-Ridge BBA Business Administration – Management  


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