Sussex County Graduates Receive Diplomas from Berkeley College

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Graduates from Sussex County, NJ, were awarded diplomas at the 2018 Berkeley College Commencement ceremony, held on May 11, 2018, at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. The graduating class included more than 140 military and veteran students, and 180 international students, who represent 40 countries. Two hundred and ninety-eight graduates received Certificates; 757 graduates received Associate degrees; 1,248 graduates received Bachelor’s degrees; and 58 graduates received Master’s level degrees.


“Know that the future isn’t written for us. The future is written by us,” said Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College. “In your heart, you truly need to understand that the only person you are destined to become … is the person that you decide to be.”


The Berkeley College Class of 2018 reflects a diverse population from all walks of life. Many are the first in their families to earn college degrees. Others are not native English-speaking. The average age of a Berkeley College graduate in 2018 is 29.6 years. Just over 31 percent of the graduates entered Berkeley as first time, full-time students; and, more than 82 percent identify as minorities.

Berkeley College graduates join a network of more than 60,000 alumni and receive lifetime career assistance. 


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


AAS = Associate in Applied Science

BBA = Bachelor of Business Administration

CT = Certificate

MBA = Master of Business Administration


* Denotes students graduating with honors

Berkeley College - Sussex County, NJ        
First Name Last Name City Degree Area of Study
Stacey Butera Andover CT Medical Assistant
Jessica Masiello* Andover AAS Surgical Technology
Britton Hansen Andover CT Medical Insurance, Billing and Coding
Courtney Best Branchville BBA Business Administration – Management
Karen Wire Branchville CT Practical Nurse
Lindsay Fleming* Hamburg CT Practical Nurse
Cindy Rannazzisi* Hamburg CT Practical Nurse
Emily Vanderhoff* Hamburg CT Practical Nurse
Crystal Card Highland Lakes BBA Accounting
Deanine Stripeikis* Highland Lakes CT Practical Nurse
Nicole Yost* Highland Lakes CT Medical Assistant
Belsa Guzman Hopatcong AAS Health Services Administration
Jarelyz Hernandez Hopatcong CT Surgical Processing Technician
Yesenia Layza* Hopatcong CT Practical Nurse
Kenneth Lewis Hopatcong CT Medical Assistant
Janet Conway* Newton AAS Surgical Technology
Caitlyn Gutschmidt* Newton AAS Surgical Technology
Kayla Rude* Newton AAS Surgical Technology
Elaine Smolinski* Newton AAS Surgical Technology
Amy Branham* Newton BBA Health Services Management
Marie Peralta Newton BBA Health Services Management
Bobbie Bennett Newton CT Practical Nurse
Conor Deem* Newton CT Surgical Processing Technician
Greg Jadlos* Newton CT Surgical Processing Technician
Payton Smith Newton CT Practical Nurse
Dawn Teets Newton CT Practical Nurse
Christina Bianco* Ogdensburg CT Surgical Processing Technician
Brittany Davenport Ogdensburg CT Medical Assistant
Teresa Budin* Sandyston CT Practical Nurse
Steven Reilly Sandyston CT Practical Nurse
Jasmine Louis* Sparta AAS Surgical Technology
Brenna Barny* Stanhope AAS Surgical Technology
Juan Sarria Stanhope BFA Graphic Design
Frank Kenyon Stanhope CT Practical Nurse
Lisa Azzarone* Sussex MBA Master of Business Administration in Management
Christine Peraino Vernon MBA Master of Business Administration in Management


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