Berkeley College First-Year Honors Student from Sweden Receives Award for Academic Performance

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Photo Caption: First-Year Berkeley College Honors student Agnes Vilhelmsson of Gothenburg, Sweden, presents her research poster titled “Juveniles Tried as Adults: The Problems with Juvenile Transfer Laws,” on July 27, 2018, at Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan. Ms. Vilhelmsson, who is earning an AAS in Justice Studies – Criminal Justice, received the First-Year Honors award for academic performance. “My main source of inspiration for this poster is that a very close friend of mine ended up spending 26 years behind bars because of the criminal justice system’s way of reasoning,” Ms. Vilhelmsson said.

Berkeley College announced awards for academic performance and community service among the its First-Year Honors Program students on July 27, 2018, following poster presentations of the students’ research held in Woodland Park, NJ, and Manhattan, NY. 

Agnes Vilhelmsson of Gothenborg, Sweden, received the Berkeley College First-Year Honors award for academic performance.

The Honors Program theme – Unspoken Barriers in Social Justice – gave the students the opportunity to examine social issues within the United States and abroad.  Students were able to identify societal inequalities and challenges between law and science in a changing society.     

The topic of Ms. Vilhelmsson’s research was “Juveniles Tried as Adults: The Problems with Juvenile Transfer Laws.” She expects to graduate with an AAS in Justice Studies – Criminal Justice this year. Having already earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from the University of Gothenburg, Ms. Vilhelmsson always worked with marginalized people in society. That is largely why she felt this topic was important to discuss.

“I think it’s important to shine a light on the fact that children are still being tried as adults, despite the fact that it has been scientifically proven that juvenile brains work differently compared to adult brains, especially when it comes to moral maturity. Yet, the criminal justice system expects children to take full moral responsibility for their actions which is biologically impossible,” Ms. Vilhelmsson said. “My main source of inspiration for this poster is that a very close friend of mine ended up spending 26 years behind bars because of the criminal justice system’s way of reasoning.”

The rigorous requirements of the Honors Program at Berkeley College are distinguished by scholarship and service. First-Year Honors students must maintain a GPA of 3.00 or higher and complete three consecutive Honors Seminars from the fall to spring terms at Berkeley College at one of four campuses: Woodbridge and Woodland Park in New Jersey or Midtown Manhattan and White Plains, NY. The students must also complete 10 or more hours of documented community service from the fall to spring terms. 

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.


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