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Diane Durocher, Berkeley College alumna

Alumna Achieves Dream Through Creatively Rewarding Interior Design Business



Diane Durocher, Berkeley College alumna


Becoming an interior designer had been a life-long dream for Diane Durocher. After learning from leading interior design professionals at Berkeley College, Ms. Durocher went on to achieve her goal by launching her own business, Diane Durocher Interiors.

For the past 21 years, Diane Durocher Interiors, based in Ramsey, NJ, has specialized in high-end residential interiors, from conceptual drawings and pre-construction through to final installation. Ms. Durocher, who graduated from Berkeley College in 1996 with an A.A.S. in Interior Design, has received “Design Excellence” awards from the New Jersey Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers for her work.

Ms. Durocher has offered internship opportunities to Berkeley College Interior Design students throughout the years. “I love working with Berkeley College students because they know that interior design is not all about picking out pretty fabrics and doing design work,” Ms. Durocher said. “They understand the operating end of the business. That’s one of the great benefits of pursuing an interior design degree at a business college.”

Up Close with Diane Durocher

What does success mean to you?

Having a career that is creative, challenging, and extremely rewarding.

What initially inspired you to enroll in Berkeley College?

Being an interior designer fulfilled a life-long dream. When we moved to Ramsey in 1992, Berkeley College had just opened its Waldwick, NJ campus (The Interior Design program has since moved to Paramus, and is also offered in Woodland Park).

How did Berkeley College prepare you for success?

Berkeley provided a wonderful foundation with the necessary balance of classes that fostered a general knowledge and diversification of the many facets of interior design, taught by leading professionals in the field.

In which way(s) do you see yourself being successful in the future?

I hope to continue designing interesting projects, as well as keep myself informed about important issues and products that impact our clients and our profession. I also hope to continue mentoring new interior design students.

What advice would you offer today’s college-bound students?

I think that it is important to complete your general education classes, but absolutely enroll in classes that interest you. Not everyone knows when they start college what they really want to do. Take some classes for fun. And most of all, remember that life is not a sprint, but a marathon. Enjoy the run!

What was your most memorable moment at Berkeley College?

I had many memorable moments and made wonderful friendships. However, I would have to say that my most memorable and proudest moment was standing on the stage at graduation as one of the class valedictorians, with my parents, husband, and children in the audience. Also in the audience was my mother-in-law, who babysat my three children, three nights a week, for three years, so that I was able to achieve my dream of being an interior designer.