Nursing graduates from Bergen County, NJ, were among the new generation of healthcare heroes honored by Berkeley College at a pinning ceremony on Friday, August 6, 2021, at the Cosmopolitan in Wayne, NJ.

The ceremony recognized 22 graduates of the College’s Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program and nine graduates of the Practical Nurse program. 

“You represent the core values of the nursing profession. One of those values is perseverance,” said Suzanne Mullings, PhD, RN, Chair, 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.”

Graduates from Bergen County include:

Erica Diaz of Bergenfield, LPN to BSN Program

Ashley Foster of Hackensack, LPN to BSN Program

Rachel Gregana of Bergenfield, LPN to BSN Program

Anna Mabasa of Dumont, LPN to BSN Program

Dalia Samuel of Fairview, LPN to BSN Program

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. 

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 about 5,000 local and state residents. 

Interview a Local Healthcare Hero: To interview a nursing graduate from your coverage area, contact Chanel Donaldson, Senior Associate, Media Relations, at 

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.  

About Berkeley College
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 a campus in Midtown Manhattan, NY, as well as in Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge, and Woodland Park, NJ, with more than 4,900 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. The website address is 

The mission of Berkeley College is to empower students to achieve lifelong success in dynamic careers.

Photo Caption: Berkeley College nursing graduates celebrate their achievement at a pinning ceremony held at the Cosmopolitan in Wayne, NJ, on Friday, August 6, 2021. Pictured (L to R) are Debra Sacco, RN, Professor, Nursing, Berkeley College School of Health Studies; Licensed Practical Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduates Dalia Samuel of Fairview, NJ, and Erica Diaz of Bergenfield, NJ; and Suzanne Mullings, PhD, RN, Chair, Nursing; Christopher de la Victoria, RN, Professor, Nursing; and Josephine Rodriguez, PhD, RN, Professor, Nursing, all Berkeley College School of Health Studies. 

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