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FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE, BERKELEY COLLEGE GRADUATES TREASURE THEIR STRENGTHS AND SERVING OTHERS
Military Veteran Who Served in Afghanistan to Lead Procession
with Presentation of the Colors
Working Mom Reinvents Her Career in Health Services Administration
by Pursuing Degree Online
Sibling Rivalry at its Best: Brother and Sister from Brooklyn by Way of Jamaica Supported Fellow Students as Peer Tutors and Graduate with Honors in Accounting and Financial Services
See caption below.
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Berkeley College will award Certificates, Associate’s, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees to more than 2,200 students during the 2019 Commencement ceremony on May 10, 2019, at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.
The Berkeley College Class of 2019 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-speakers. The average age of a Berkeley College undergraduate graduate in 2019 is 28 years. Just under 39 percent of the graduates entered Berkeley as first time, full-time students; and, 84 percent identify as minorities. The new graduates join a network of more than 60,000 Berkeley College alumni eligible to receive lifetime career assistance. Berkeley College offers a career-focused educational experience with students able to take advantage of traditional classes and online education, with programs in more than 20 fields of study.
The Commencement ceremony will include the third graduating class of those receiving Master’s level of Business Administration in Management degrees and those graduating from New Jersey’s first on-site Licensed Practical Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. The class includes more than 140 military and veteran students and 133 international students. Three hundred and thirteen graduates will receive Certificates; 722 graduates will receive Associate degrees; 1,144 graduates will receive Bachelor’s degrees; and 46 graduates will receive Master’s level degrees.
Outstanding Student Award recipient Cynthia Caruso of Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, returned to college to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Health Services Management online after raising her son. Siblings Najeree and Rajiv Wallace of Brooklyn, NY, immigrated from their native country of Jamaica to earn their Bachelor of Business Administration degrees at Berkeley College. Both students received honors throughout their undergraduate careers. Mr. Wallace earned two undergraduate degrees – one in Accounting and one in Financial Services – in three years. Ms. Wallace works as a staff accountant at the Dance Theatre of Harlem. Both intend to enroll in New York City colleges for their Master’s degrees.
Mauro “Ricky” Zambrano of Lyndhurst, NJ, will receive a Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies – Criminal Justice at Commencement. He quickly became a leader at the Berkeley College New York campus, where he served as President of the Berkeley Spartans, a student-veterans club affiliated with Student Veterans of America. During his time at Berkeley College, Mr. Zambrano interned as a Veterans Outreach Specialist with Bergen County Veteran Services in Hackensack, NJ. Following graduation, he will join the Division of Family Guidance in Bergen County, NJ, a resource for New Jersey families and at-risk youth. He hopes to pursue a Master’s degree and to establish a nonprofit for veterans.
Imani Miller of Fort Lauderdale, FL, will receive a Bachelor’s degree in Health Services Management, and following graduation, she will embark on a mission with the U.S. Peace Corps in Uganda. As a Business Development Advisor, Ms. Morgan will implement initiatives that empower women and girls, and assist households in achieving economic security and upward mobility. During her time at the Berkeley College in White Plains, NY, Ms. Morgan served as a Senior Resident Assistant and Vice President of the Student Government Association. She also was a member of the Honors Program, a selective, interdisciplinary program for high-achieving students.
Edwin Fleurant of Brooklyn, NY, spent most of his childhood in Jamaica, completing his third grade to high school education there before returning to the United States in 2016. Mr. Fleurant secured an internship with Marvel Studios in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, during his undergraduate career. He will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology Management at this year’s Commencement ceremony. He is a member of the U.S. Army Reserves, where he provides technical support, as well as security for major events such as the NYC Marathon.
Photo Caption: Above, left: Berkeley College graduate and Outstanding Student Award recipient Cynthia Caruso of Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, earned her degree in Health Services Management online. Above, center: Berkeley College sibling graduates Rajiv and Najeree Wallace of Brooklyn, NY, intend to pursue Master’s degree programs while working in their respective professions of financial services and accounting. Above, right: Mauro “Ricky” Zambrano of Lyndhurst, NJ, interned as a Veterans Outreach Specialist with Bergen County Veteran Services in Hackensack, NJ, and served as President of the Berkeley Spartans, a student-veterans club affiliated with Student Veterans of America. He intends to pursue a Master’s degree and to establish a nonprofit for veterans.
About Berkeley College
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 six 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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