Local Students Graduate From Centenary College

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HACKETTSTOWN — The following local students graduated from Centenary College this winter:

  • Peter J. Parisi, a student from Colonia, who graduated with a Master of Business Administration degree.
  • Mary Busichio, a student from Cranford, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree.
  • Amy J. Halper, a student from Edison, who graduated with a Master of Arts degree.
  • Amy J. Halper, a student from Edison, who graduated with a Master of Arts degree.
  • Charlotte Hammond-Mincy, a student from Iselin, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree.
  • Cristina Montero, a student from New Providence, who graduated with a Master of Business Administration degree.
  • Jason Matthew Rios, a student from New Providence, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
  • Karen Veronica Moorman, a student from Plainfield, who graduated with a Master of Business Administration degree.
  • Peter T. Balazs, a student from Springfield, who graduated with a Master of Business Administration degree.

Joseph Benincasa, the President and CEO of the Actors Fund, served as keynote speaker and was presented with an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters.

The Actors Fund is the national human service organization that helps individuals in entertainment and the performing arts.  Benincasa serves on the boards of directors of several organizations, including Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Career Transition for Dancers, Times Square Alliance, Bio-Reference Laboratories and the Somerset Patriots, a minor league baseball team.  He has been recognized with several honors, including the inaugural Made in New York Awards and Brooklyn’s Italian of the Year.

Benincasa graduated from St. Joseph’s University, earned a M.Ed. from Rutgers University and attended the Graduate Business School at Fordham University.

In addition, Centenary presented J. E. Reeves, President of the Reeves Foundation, with an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters.  The Reeves Foundation has a relationship with Centenary that has spanned decades.  J.E. Reeves and The Reeves Foundation have been integral to Centenary’s fundraising efforts, supporting major initiatives during The Campaign for Centenary College.

The January degree recipients included undergraduate and graduate students from the main campus in Hackettstown and the Centenary Adult and Professional Studies (CAPS) learning centers in Parsippany and Iselin. The degrees that were awarded for the 243 graduates are as follows: 26 associate of arts; 45 bachelor of arts; 2 bachelor of fine arts; 51 bachelor of science; 1 bachelor of social work; 43 master of arts; 4 master of education; and 71 master of business administration degrees.


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