Berkeley College Honors Military Graduates, Celebrates Contributions of Women Veterans

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Annual Gala Celebrates Contributions of Women Veterans

Veteran's Gala

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Berkeley College honored its more than 150 military and veteran graduates during the annual Veterans Graduate Gala on March 28, 2019. The event also highlighted the contributions of women in the military in recognition of Women’s History Month.

“To our 450 military and veteran students, you make Berkeley College a better place,” said Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College. “Our biggest reward is your professional and personal success. It is my honor and privilege to shake the hands of those of you who will walk across the stage to receive your diplomas next month.”

Sandra Rolon, a U.S. Army veteran, spoke about her role as Chief Operating Officer of Military Women in Power, a nonprofit that provides resources including sustainable housing, employment services, domestic violence advocacy, and counseling services to women in the military. Ms. Rolon said she became involved in the organization after returning from combat as a disabled veteran facing post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and other challenges. She encouraged the students to “be vigilant” when it comes to their wellness and self-care.

“Be true to yourself,” Ms. Rolon said. “Know your triggers and learn from them. Understand your barriers and seek help. And continue your pursuit of education, because knowledge is power.”

Berkeley College student Crystal Campbell, a U.S. Army veteran who continues to serve in the Army National Guard, will graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Merchandising and Management in May. She spoke about the support and understanding offered by the Berkeley College Office of Military and Veterans Affairs, whose staff members are veterans themselves.

“(The Office of Military and Veterans Affairs) has been such a great help to us as students, and has made our experience that much better,” Ms. Campbell said. “They have been there and they understand our struggles as military students.”

Ed Dennis, Assistant Vice President, and Maja Mendez, Assistant Director, Office of Military and Veterans Affairs, both U.S. Army veterans, awarded red, white and blue honor cords to graduating seniors, who will wear them during the Berkeley College Commencement ceremony on May 10, 2019, at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

Gloria Davy, PhD, Humanities and Social Sciences, Berkeley College School of Liberal Arts, received the Faculty Award for her support in the classroom of military and veteran students.

Veterans Gala students and staff

Photo Captions: (Top, L to R) Mauro “Ricky” Zambrano, U.S. Marine Corps veteran and President of the Berkeley Spartans student club; Sandra Rolon, U.S. Army veteran and Chief Operating Officer, Military Women in Power; Ed Dennis, U.S. Army veteran and Assistant Vice President, Berkeley College Office of Military and Veterans Affairs; Gloria Davy, PhD, Professor, Humanities and Social Sciences, Berkeley College School of Liberal Arts and recipient of the Faculty Award; and Crystal Campbell, U.S. Army veteran and student speaker, pose during the Berkeley College Veterans Graduate Gala on March 28, 2019. (Above) More than 150 Berkeley College military and veteran students will graduate during the Berkeley College Commencement ceremony on May 10, 2019, at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

About Berkeley College

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 7,000 students – including more than 350 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 four campuses – Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. For six 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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