More than 2,300 Graduates to Be Awarded Diplomas at 2018 Berkeley College Commencement Ceremony at Prudential Center in Newark on Friday, May 11


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The average age of this year’s graduate edges upward to 29.6 years


Berkeley College will award diplomas to more than 2,300 graduates on Friday, May 11, 2018, at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. This year’s Commencement will include the presentation of Certificates, Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees, as well as the second cohorts of graduates to receive the Master in Business Administration degree in Management and the Licensed Practical Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The graduating class includes more than 140 military and veteran students, and 180 international students who represent 40 countries.

The Berkeley College Class of 2018 continues to personify the “new” traditional student, as so many are the stories of immigrants overcoming adversities and persevering to obtain higher education in seeking to better themselves. It is not uncommon for Berkeley College graduates to be the first in their families to attend and to graduate from college. The average age of a Berkeley College graduate in 2018 is 29.6 years, an increase of nearly a year since the last Commencement. The same proportion of graduates as last year – just over 31 percent – entered Berkeley as first-time, full-time students. This year, more than 82 percent identify as a minority.

Lachanee Scott, for example, is this year’s recipient of the Robert Maher Award, given to a graduate who has met high standards of academic excellence while overcoming personal, professional or financial obstacles. Ms. Scott was a bright youngster during her early school years and showed great promise growing up in her native country of Jamaica. She had ambitions to earn a college degree and eventually become a judge. After immigrating to the United States at the age of 13 along with her older brother, however, life did not work out as they expected and she returned to Jamaica where she graduated from high school. Persevering, within a month after the second time she and her brother came to the United States, Ms. Scott enrolled at Berkeley College and continued pursuing her dream.

At this year’s Berkeley College Commencement, Ms. Scott will receive a Bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies summa cum laude. She has been inducted into three national honor societies, and is founder and president of the Berkeley College Newark Caribbean Club. The best news yet is that Ms. Scott has secured a position as Records Associate at the law firm of McCarter & English. She expects to apply to law school in the near future.

Didier Wen Yam Pessinaba has his roots in Africa, but is a budding entrepreneur here in the United States.  He hopes to revolutionize the garment trade with eco-friendly African-made fabrics. Able to transfer credits when he enrolled at Berkeley College in 2016 as a Fashion Merchandising and Management major, Mr. Pessinaba will receive a Bachelor in Business Administration degree. Last year he was an intern at theBROOKLYNfashionincubator at Berkeley College and now is a designer in residence there. He also expects to enroll in graduate school.

You can read more about Mr. Pessinaba in the Berkeley College News Room here and a recent article about him in the Amsterdam News here.


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 four New Jersey campuses – Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. In New York there are three campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. 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


To arrange for interviews with these and other graduates, or at-the-event coverage, contact:
Ilene Greenfield                          Cell: 862-432-2104               


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