More Than 1,200 Berkeley College Students Receive Diplomas at Commencement Ceremony


FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2009

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Pride, joy and graduation caps filled the air at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, NJ, on Friday, April 24, as graduates of the Berkeley College Class of 2009 received their degrees. 
More than 1,200 students from Berkeley College New Jersey, New York, and Online received Baccalaureate and Associate degrees during the Commencement Ceremony.
“Today is time for celebration,” said Berkeley College President Dario A. Cortes, PhD. “The celebration of commitment, of perseverance, of hard work, of sacrifice, of achievements, of promise, and a celebration of dreams to come true. It is above all a time to celebrate our graduates for all that they have done and for all that they will accomplish in the future.”
Commencement speaker Mitchell B. Modell, President and CEO of Modell’s Sporting Goods, spoke about the core values of respect and responsiveness shared by Berkeley College and his family business.
Mr. Modell commended Berkeley College students for their efforts to make a difference in the global community. He also congratulated students on the recent “2 Make a Net” Fashion Competition and Show that raised funds for malaria prevention in Africa as well as their outreach to senior citizens.
“You’ll feel better if you impact someone’s life,” said Mr. Modell. “Education is striving not only to teach you how to make a living, but to make a life. Taking advantage of it will make you a better person.”
Dr. Cortes presented Mr. Modell with an honorary Doctor of Commercial Science degree. He also conferred an honorary Doctor of Pedagogy degree on Berkeley College Board of Trustees Vice Chair Maria Pace, who during her distinguished career as an administrator and trustee guided Berkeley College through significant periods of growth and development.
“Berkeley gave us the foundation, but what happens from this point on is what will leave a permanent fingerprint on our souls,” said Berkeley College student Aleksandra Kopec, who spoke on behalf of the graduating class. “Your first journey with Berkeley is over, but I hope it’s not your last. Become proud alumni, and remember that Berkeley is here for you.”
A leader in business education for 78 years, Berkeley College maintains an enrollment of over 7,200 students, with more than 700 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 Woodland Park (formerly West Paterson), Paramus, Woodbridge, and Newark. In addition, the College offers Berkeley College Online™ and its Corporate Learning Partnership program. All campuses are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The College’s website address is

Photo Caption: Berkeley College President Dario A. Cortes, PhD, distributes diplomas at the Berkeley College Commencement Ceremony, held April 24 at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, NJ. More than 1,200 students received Baccalaureate and Associate degrees.

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