Berkeley College Kicks into High Gear for 2008 Commencement Ceremony


Contact:  Ilene Lumpkin
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Joseph Delfino, Mayor of the City of White Plains, NY, will deliver the Commencement Address at the Berkeley College 2008 Commencement Ceremony on Friday, April 25, at the Izod Center, 50 Route 120 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Commencement exercises will begin at 9 a.m. Approximately 1,250 students from Berkeley College New Jersey, New York, and Online campuses will receive Bachelor or Associate degrees. The ceremony can be seen live on the Internet at


A sought after international speaker on redevelopment initiatives, Mayor Delfino has most recently served as President of the New York State Conference of Mayors. He has overseen a revitalization of the downtown business district of White Plains that has spurred more than $3 billion in new development. When he was elected Mayor of the City of White Plains in 1997, the White Plains office vacancy rate was 34% - the highest in the nation. Today, the office vacancy rate is just 7%. 


Mayor Delfino’s long and distinguished public service career began in 1979 when he was elected to the White Plains Common Council. During his 10-year tenure on the Council, he served in various leadership roles including President.


In 1989, Mr. Delfino was elected to the Westchester County Board of Legislators representing the Fifth Legislative District. During his eight-year tenure in the County Legislature, he served on various Board Committees most notably as Vice-Chair.


In 2001, Berkeley College joined the downtown and became an important partner in economic development, providing the trained workforce needed by the many new companies locating offices in White Plains. 


Mayor Delfino has been recognized by numerous organizations for his outstanding public service leadership and achievements, including the first ever Man of the Year by the Westchester Jewish Conference in 1993. 


 A leader in business education for more than 75 years, Berkeley College currently maintains an enrollment of over 6,000 students, with more than 600 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 West Paterson, Paramus, Woodbridge, and Newark. In addition, the College offers Berkeley College® Online and its Corporate Learning Partnership program. The College’s website address is All campuses are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.



 Photo Caption: Berkeley College Commencement speaker Joseph Delfino, Mayor of the City of White Plains.


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