Passaic County Student-Veterans Inducted into National Honor Society at Veterans Graduate Salute

TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 2018 
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The Veterans Graduation Salute of 2018 held on April 5, 2018, at the Terrace in Paramus, NJ, celebrated the inaugural induction ceremony of 26 student-veterans into the military-aligned honor society SALUTE, as well as the academic achievements of more than 150 student-veterans who are graduating from Berkeley College and transitioning into civilian careers.

The following students from Passaic County, NJ, were inducted into the SALUTE honor society.  

  • Josephine Cornaccia of Woodland Park
  • Carlos Raymondi of Paterson
  • Alexander Santiago of Passaic
  • Christian Sepulveda of Passaic

“We salute each of our military and veteran students who have served our nation,” said Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College. “We salute the families of our military and veteran students and all of the military families here this evening,” he added.  Acknowledging the College’s commitment to offer the best teaching and learning experiences for all students, President Smith noted the ranking of Berkeley College by U.S. News & World Report as a top college for offering the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans.

“At Berkeley College, students write their own stories,” President Smith said. “The story of our veteran and military students is one of courage, of selflessness, of service, and one of transition – from military service to civilian life. We expect you to accelerate yourselves and start by being strong leaders.”

The Veterans Office at Colorado State University formed SALUTE, a military-aligned honor society that recognizes academic achievements of veterans, with support from the American Council on Education and a grant from Walmart Foundation in 2009. Today, Berkeley College is one of 230 chapters nationwide. Veterans who choose to better themselves through the pursuit of knowledge represent each chapter.

From 2011 through 2017, 746 military and veteran students have graduated from Berkeley College, earning a total of 829 degrees. Since 2009, approximately 40 percent of the military and veteran students at Berkeley College graduated and earned higher-level degrees at the College.

Photo Caption: The Veterans Graduation Salute of 2018 celebrated the achievements of more than 150 student-veterans who are graduating from Berkeley College and transitioning into civilian careers. This year’s salute included the inaugural induction of 26 student-veterans into the military-aligned honor society SALUTE, acknowledging their academic achievements. 

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


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