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WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011
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MORE THAN 1,400 STUDENTS
RECEIVE DIPLOMAS FROM BERKELEY COLLEGE
Family and friends filled the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, NJ, on Friday, April 29, to support Berkeley College graduates at the Commencement ceremony of the Class of 2011.
More than 1,400 students from Berkeley College campuses in New Jersey and New York, and Berkeley College Online, received Baccalaureate and Associate degrees. Dario A. Cortes, PhD, President of Berkeley College, congratulated the students and told them that they are joining the ranks of the more than 30,000 alumni who have received degrees from Berkeley College.
“This year Berkeley College is celebrating 80 years of changing lives – the lives of students who came to us to earn a degree in search of a better and more prosperous future,” Dr. Cortes said.
“This is just the beginning of your journey,” he told the graduates. “These are uncertain economic times, the world that you are entering is at a critical juncture, but we know that you are well equipped and we have great confidence in your ability to be successful citizens and to compete in the 21st century.”
The members of the graduating class are employed in hundreds of companies including AT&T, Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, Bank of America, and Verizon.
New Jersey Congressman Donald M. Payne and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. addressed graduates at the ceremony. Both speakers were awarded honorary Doctorate of Civil Law degrees. In addition, an honorary Doctorate of Pedagogy degree was awarded to Walter A. Brower, EdD, Berkeley College Trustee Emeritus.
During his commencement address, Congressman Payne said that he was “proud to support the mission of Berkeley College that for 80 years has provided unique educational opportunities for non-traditional students.” The Congressman congratulated the graduates and described them as “distinguished men and women” who refused to allow challenges to get in the way of achieving a college degree.
In addressing the graduates, Borough President Diaz encouraged them to go out and make a difference in their communities.
“Berkeley has equipped you with the ammunition needed to take the world by storm. If you put your mind to it, if you work hard, everything you want and set your mind to you can achieve,” Borough President Diaz said.
A leader in business education for 80 years, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls nearly 9,000 students —including more than 800 international students — in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree programs. The College has four New Jersey locations — Woodland Park, Paramus, Woodbridge, and Newark. And in New York there are four locations — Midtown Manhattan, Lower Manhattan in the Wall Street area, Brooklyn, and White Plains. Berkeley College Online also offers full degree programs. Programs are offered in more than 20 career fields. The website address is www.BerkeleyCollege.edu.
Photo Caption A (L to R): Dario A. Cortes, PhD, President of Berkeley College; Donald M. Payne, New Jersey Congressman; Kevin L. Luing, Berkeley College Chairman of the Board; and Ruben Diaz Jr., Bronx Borough President. Congressman Payne and Borough President Diaz, who received honorary Doctor of Civil Law degrees from Berkeley College, addressed the graduates during the 2011 Commencement Ceremony held on April 29 at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, NJ.
Photo Caption B: Family and friends filled the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, NJ, on April 29, to support Berkeley College graduates at the Commencement ceremony of the Class of 2011. More than 1,400 students from Berkeley College campuses in New Jersey and New York, and Berkeley College Online, received Baccalaureate and Associate degrees.