FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2018
Contact: Ilene Greenfield
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Graduates from Dutchess County, NY, 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 following graduates from Dutchess County were awarded diplomas from Berkeley College:
- Katriba Bing* of Poughkeepsie, Associate in Applied Science in Health Services Administration
- Ziare McDonald of Poughkeepsie, Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies – Criminal Justice
- Nicole Patacchiola of Wappingers Falls, Bachelor of Business Administration in Fashion Merchandising and Management
- Safire Pena of Beacon, Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Administration – Management
- Natalie Strauss* of Hopewell Junction, Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies – Criminal Justice
- Elyza Vargas* of Poughkeepsie, Associate in Applied Science in Justice Studies – Criminal Justice
- Aunjahne Williamson of Beacon, Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting
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.
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 three New York campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. In New Jersey there are four campuses – Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. 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 www.BerkeleyCollege.edu.
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* Denotes students graduating with honors