Berkeley College Celebrates 30 Nursing Graduates Entering Field during Critical Time in Healthcare

Monday, December 20, 2021
Contact: Kelly Depsee
Director, Communications and External Relations
Pinning Ceremony Honors Aspiring Healthcare Professionals
in LPN to BSN and Practical Nurse Programs

Berkeley Nursing  

Photo Caption: Graduates of the Berkeley College School of Health Studies Practical Nurse program (in white) and Licensed Practical Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (in green) celebrate their achievement at a pinning ceremony held at the Cosmopolitan in Wayne, NJ, on Friday, December 17, 2021. 

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The Berkeley College School of Health Studies honored a new generation of healthcare heroes entering the workforce at a pinning ceremony for its nursing graduates on Friday, December 17, 2021, at the Cosmopolitan in Wayne, NJ. The ceremony recognized more than 30 graduates of the College’s Practical Nurse and Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs. 

“You represent the core values of the nursing profession. One of those values is perseverance,” said Suzanne Mullings, PhD, RN, Chair, Undergraduate Nursing, Berkeley College School of Health Studies. “We learn from each other, we learn from our patients, and we push through. From this point on, you will be shaping the future of nursing.” 

Many of the graduates served as healthcare volunteers in their communities at the height of COVID-19, including at a site in Clifton, NJ, which vaccinated thousands of local and state residents.

Berkeley Pinning NursePhoto Captions: (Left) Practical Nurse graduates pose with Elenita Talavera, RN, Professor, Nursing, Berkeley College School of Health Studies (second from right), at a pinning ceremony on Friday, December 17, 2021, at the Cosmopolitan in Wayne, NJ. (Top right) Practical Nurse and (bottom right) Licensed Practical Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduates show off their pins, symbolizing their transition into the profession. 

“This cohort has repeatedly demonstrated that they are capable of accomplishing anything they set their minds to,” said student speaker Denise Rodriguez of Lodi, NJ, an LPN to BSN graduate. “To my fellow classmates, always remember that you are making a difference every day in someone’s life – no matter how big or small. Always believe in yourself and your ability to create change.” 

Berkeley College presented each graduate with a pin, symbolizing their transition into the profession, and the graduates recited the Florence Nightingale Pledge, a commitment to ethics and compassionate patient care. 

“Our professors inspired us to be the nurses we want to be – intelligent and compassionate,” said student speaker Lucy Hernandez of Passaic, NJ, a graduate of the Practical Nurse program. “They challenged us, pushed us, but most of all, guided and helped us throughout our journey. Thank you for letting us become the new hearts of nursing.” 

Berkeley College celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2021. The theme commemorating this milestone is “Empowering Lives for 90 Years!” Visit the 90th Anniversary webpage for more information. 

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Berkeley College, founded in 1931, is a career-focused institution accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education that offers students Master’s, Bachelor’s, and Associate’s degree and Certificate programs in more than 20 career fields. The College also offers continuing education programs to enhance career credentials.

Berkeley College has campuses in Midtown Manhattan, NY, and in Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park, NJ, with more than 4,000 students enrolled. In addition, Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. 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, for eight consecutive years. U.S. News & World Report named Berkeley College (NJ) one of the Best Regional Colleges in the North in its 2022 edition of the Best Colleges Survey.  In 2021 Berkeley College (NJ) was also recognized for the first time as a Top Performer on Social Mobility among colleges in the region. The website address is

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