Rockland County Graduates Receive Degrees from Berkeley College

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Graduates from Rockland 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

CT = Certificate


* 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
Laury Estriplet Congers BS Information Technology Management
Gabriela Rodriguez* Garnerville BBA Health Services Management
Alison Smith* Garnerville BBA Business Administration – Management
Yaritza Nunez Haverstraw BS Legal Studies
Fulbio Ortega Haverstraw BS Justice Studies – Criminal Justice
Rhona Thomas Haverstraw BBA Health Services Management
Raeven Jenkins+* Monsey BBA Fashion Merchandising and Management
Ma. Cecilia Patricia Fonacier Nanuet BBA Fashion Merchandising and Management
Brandon Fabrigas* New City BBA International Business
Chinasa Iwuagwu New City BS Justice Studies – Criminal Justice
Tamir Sobel* New City BBA General Business
Cynthia Caceres Nyack BBA Health Services Management
Stephanie St Louis Pomona CT Practical Nurse
Taylor Jones* Spring Valley BFA Graphic Design
Edvica Joseph Spring Valley CT Practical Nurse
Judy Marc Spring Valley AAS Financial Services
Dillin Senat Spring Valley BS Justice Studies – Criminal Justice
Bruce Fox* Suffern BBA Accounting
Judeson Moise Suffern BBA Marketing Communications
Victor Paz Suffern BS Health Services Management
Tiffany Vazquez Valley Cottage AAS Business Administration – Management
Armandina Frabasile West Nyack BFA Graphic Design
Tamra Newton West Nyack BBA Marketing Communications


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