Nassau County Graduates Receive Diplomas from Berkeley College

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Graduates from Nassau County, NY, were awarded diplomas at the 2017 Berkeley College Commencement ceremony, held on May 5, 2017, at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. More than 2,900 students were awarded Bachelor’s and Associate’s degrees, and Certificates. The graduating class included 175 military and veteran students and 200 international students, representing 42 countries.

“This is your day,” said Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College. “You have done it. The opportunities that stand before you are endless. From this moment forward, there are no limits other than what you place on yourself.”

The Berkeley College Class of 2017 comprises graduates who exemplify the “new” traditional student, as so many are first-generation college graduates, with some workforce experience. The average age of a Berkeley College graduate in 2017 is 28.5 years. Just over 31 percent of the graduates entered Berkeley as first-time, full-time students, and more than 81 percent identify as a minority.

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 8,000 students – including more than 550 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 five campuses – Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. For four 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


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Diplomas and areas of study are denoted in the fourth and fifth columns


AAS = Associate in Applied Science

AS = Associate in Science

BBA = Bachelor of Business Administration

BS = Bachelor of Science


* Denotes students graduating with honors


+ Denotes graduate of the Honors Program, a selective, interdisciplinary and seminar-based educational opportunity offered to a limited number of high-achieving students.

First Name Last Name Town Degree Area of Study  
Sesha Beharry Cedarhurst BBA Accounting  
Jessica Basora Elmont BBA Business Administration – Management  
Laurie Galiotte Elmont BS Legal Studies  
Rosena Jean Elmont BBA Health Services Management  
Nicolette Lewis* Elmont AAS Health Services Administration – Medical Insurance, Billing and Coding  
Ivana Toic* Farmingdale AAS Business Administration – Management  
Sini Thampan Franklin Square BBA Health Services Management  
Petagay McKinson* Hempstead BBA Health Services Management  
Pamela Santos* Hempstead BS Justice Studies – Criminal Justice  
Melissa Gaitan Hewlett BBA International Business  
Jessenia Vela Hicksville BS Justice Studies – Criminal Justice  
Alisia Steele* Merrick BBA Health Services Management  
Brunilda Aguerre* North Baldwin BBA Business Administration – Management  
Shaina Key North Baldwin BS Justice Studies – Criminal Justice  
Kimberley Lewis North Bellmore BBA Financial Services  
Denisse Alvayero Port Washington BBA Fashion Merchandising and Management  
Cristina Zirpolo Port Washington BBA Fashion Merchandising and Management  
Bryan Zirpolo* Port Washington AS International Business  
Alana Sierra Rockville Centre BBA Fashion Merchandising and Management  
Jacqueline Castellanos Roosevelt BBA Business Administration – Management  
Tabitha Louisjeune* Roosevelt BBA Fashion Merchandising and Management  
Vincent Amoroso* Valley Stream BBA Business Administration – Management  
Alba Galan Valley Stream BBA Fashion Merchandising and Management  
Shereeann Junor Valley Stream BBA Health Services Management  
Michelle Marcia Valley Stream BBA Business Administration – Management  
Stephanie Marcia* Valley Stream BBA Accounting  
Linda Perez+ Valley Stream BBA General Business  
Evelyn Diaz Mata Westbury AAS Business Administration – Management  
Jennifer Acosta Gonzalez Westbury BBA Accounting  
Shakeira Stockhausen Westbury BBA Fashion Merchandising and Management  


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