Orange County Graduates Receive Diplomas from Berkeley College

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Graduates from Orange 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

BBA = Bachelor of Business Administration

BFA = Bachelor of Fine Arts

BS = Bachelor of Science


* Denotes students graduating with honors

First Name Last Name Town Degree Area of Study  
Sean Igneri Goshen BBA General Business  
Megan Cimera* Greenwood Lake BBA Accounting  
Vjeko Cimera* Greenwood Lake BBA Financial Services  
Brittany Pepe Greenwood Lake BBA Fashion Merchandising and Management  
Tajma Desir Harriman BBA Fashion Merchandising and Management  
Andy Fernandez Highland Mills BS Justice Studies – Criminal Justice  
Ann Marie Stephens* Maybrook AAS Surgical Technology  
Maria Pierre-Louis Middletown BS Justice Studies – Criminal Justice  
Katherine Thiebaud* Middletown AAS Health Services Administration – Medical Insurance, Billing and Coding  
Shanique Warren Middletown BBA Fashion Merchandising and Management  
Geraldine Alliu Monroe AAS Business Administration – Management  
Koquita Cotman Monroe BBA Business Administration – Management  
Ashley Jackson New Windsor BBA Fashion Merchandising and Management  
Brianne Rapisarda New Windsor BBA Fashion Merchandising and Management  
Ashley Calix Newburgh BS Justice Studies – Criminal Justice  
Sabrina Chable* Newburgh AAS Justice Studies – Criminal Justice  
Tomas Esparra Newburgh BBA Health Services Management  
Issel Garcia* Newburgh BFA Interior Design  
Dwight Mariano Newburgh BBA Health Services Management  
Stefany Silva Newburgh BS Justice Studies – Criminal Justice  
Tanya Keith* Pine Bush AAS Legal Studies  
Anthony Johnson* Port Jervis BS Justice Studies – Criminal Justice  


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