Berkeley College Awards Honorary Degree to NJ Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver

Berkeley College Awards Honorary Degree to NJ Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver

TUESDAY, MAY 18, 2010

Contact:  Ilene Greenfield
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NJ General Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver was awarded an honorary Doctor of Law degree by Berkeley College during the commencement proceedings held Friday, April 30, 2010 at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, NJ.  Following the bestowal of her degree Dr. Oliver addressed the graduates. Approximately 1,400 students from Berkeley College New Jersey, New York, and Online received Baccalaureate or Associate degrees.
Speaker Sheila Oliver epitomizes the values of leadership and service to the community that represent the ideals that Berkeley strives to embody in its students,” said Berkeley College President Dario A. Cortes, PhD.
Berkeley College bestows honorary degrees upon distinguished individuals whose lives and acts reflect the high personal and professional standards and commitment to students that are at the heart of the mission of Berkeley College.
Speaker Oliver is the first African-American woman to lead a legislative house in New Jersey. Representing the 34th Legislative District, which includes Clifton, East Orange, Glen Ridge, Montclair and Woodland Park (formerly West Paterson), Speaker Oliver was first elected to the Assembly in 2003. During her time in office, she co-sponsored the law creating the Department of Children and Families. She also sponsored legislation which created paid family leave, and amended the State’s wrongful death law.
An assistant Essex County administrator, Speaker Oliver previously served as director of the Essex County Department of Citizen Services and the Department of Economic Development Training and Employment, and prior to her joining the New Jersey Legislature, as an Essex County freeholder and past president of the East Orange Board of Education.  
Speaker Oliver remains an active volunteer and has served on a number of civic boards and commissions. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania and a Master of Science degree in Community Organization, Planning and Administration from Columbia University.
Continuing its role as a leader in business and professional higher education for 79 years, Berkeley College maintains an enrollment of more than 8,000 students that includes 750 international students in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree programs. The College has two New York campuses in Midtown Manhattan and White Plains, an Extension Center in Lower Manhattan in the Wall Street area, and four New Jersey campuses located in Woodland Park Paramus, Woodbridge, and Newark. In addition, the College offers Berkeley College Online and Corporate Learning Partnerships. Concentrations are offered in more than 20 career fields, and all campuses are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The College’s website address is
Photo Caption: Berkeley College President Dario A. Cortes, PhD, (left) and Berkeley College Chairman of the Board Kevin L. Luing awarded NJ General Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver the honorary Doctor of Law degree during the Commencement Ceremony of Berkeley College on Friday, April 30, 2010 at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, NJ.
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