Berkeley College Students from Staten Island Inducted into National Honor Societies in Virtual Ceremony

Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Contact: Chanel Donaldson
Senior Associate, Media Relations




More than 150 Berkeley College students were inducted into six honor societies during a virtual ceremony this year, in keeping with adherence to the guidelines required for gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic. The event was held on March 24, 2021.

“I am proud of our students and their accomplishments,” said Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College. “They have exhibited patterns of excellence that will serve them extraordinarily well over the course of their lives.” 

The following students from Staten Island in Richmond County, NY, have been inducted into national honor societies at Berkeley College:

- Jacqueline Garcia, Alpha Phi Sigma
- Rosemarie Rodriguez, Alpha Sigma Lambda
- Juniska Vallejo Pichardo, Alpha Sigma Lambda and Lambda Epsilon Chi  

The Alpha Phi Sigma National Honor Society was founded in 1942 to recognize academic excellence of undergraduate and graduate students of criminal justice. To qualify, students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher.

The Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society was founded in 1945 to honor dedicated adult and non-traditional students who handle their life responsibilities while achieving and maintaining a high level of academic success. To qualify, students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher and must rank in the top 20 percent of their class.

The Lambda Epsilon Chi National Honor Society was established in 1995 to honor the academic achievements of students in legal studies. To qualify, students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher after completion of the fall semester and a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or higher in all LAW classes. 

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