David Osorio Honored as the Robert Maher Award Recipient during 2015 Berkeley College Commencement Ceremony

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David Osorio of Clifton, NJ, has overcome hardship to get to this day. On Friday, April 24, 2015 Mr. Osorio graduated with a 4.0 grade-point-average, an Associate’s degree in surgical technology, and the experience he needs to have a long and successful career in the medical field. 

During the Commencement ceremony Mr. Osorio received the Berkeley College Robert Maher Outstanding Student Award. This award is presented annually to a member of the graduating class who has met high standards of academic excellence while overcoming personal, professional, or financial obstacles. Students are nominated for the award by Berkeley College faculty and staff.

“The highest honor bestowed upon a Berkeley College graduate is the Robert Maher Award,” said Dallas Reed, PhD, Berkeley College Vice President, Student Development and Campus Life. “David personifies what defines our students – the perseverance to succeed in graduating with an exceptional academic record against all odds.”

Mr. Osorio’s challenges began 15 years ago when he and his mother left their home country of Colombia for the United States. He and his family struggled, and after graduating from high school, he worked odd jobs to help pay for their expenses. He wanted to go to college, but not until an amendment to the 2012 legislation known as the “Dream Act” became a reality, could he work legally. Because he was not eligible for federal student aid, he worked at three jobs to cover the cost of his college education.

In 2012, Mr. Osorio was working as a janitor when he learned about the health studies programs at Berkeley College. He had never heard of the surgical technician profession, but he liked the idea of helping people. Mr. Osorio chose the surgical technology program and now has career aspirations to work in the medical field, continuing his education, and becoming a nurse or physician’s assistant. 

“I have always had to work extra hard to get the things I want,” said Mr. Osorio of his life as an immigrant. “I never give up and I want others to learn from my experience.”

Mr. Osorio is an active member of the Berkeley College campus community. He is a volunteer orientation leader and a student government representative. He is also president of the Surgical Technology Club, which raises money to send students to an annual professional conference. 

Mr. Osorio is proud of his achievements and credits the support of his mother and his professors at Berkeley College for helping him reach this important milestone. 

A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls approximately 8,000 students – including more than 900 international students – in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College comprises the Larry L. Luing School of Business, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies, the School of Liberal Arts, and the School of Graduate Studies in Woodland Park, NJ, which offers a Master of Business Administration degree in Management. Students at Berkeley College benefit from a supportive, flexible, diverse learning environment that connects them with workplace experiences in their areas of study and pathways to dynamic careers. 

Berkeley College has six New Jersey locations – Clifton, Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. In New York there are three locations – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. In January 2015, U.S. News & World Report named Berkeley College one of the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Degrees for the second consecutive year. The website address is www.BerkeleyCollege.edu.

David Osorio at Berkeley College Commencement Receives Robert maher Student of the Year Award
Photo Caption: David Osorio received the Berkeley College Robert Maher Outstanding Student Award during the Berkeley College Commencement held at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, on April 24, 2015.  Left to right: Commencement Speaker Christopher Rodriguez, PhD, Director, New Jersey Office of Homeland Security; David Osorio, his mother Leonor Henao and wife Andrea Escobar; and Dario A. Cortes, PhD, Berkeley College President.

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