HACKETTSTOWN, NJ — A Union resident is among the 506 graduates awarded degrees at Centenary University’s 145th Commencement by President Bruce Murphy, Ed.D. Held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremony was held on May 9, the day originally set aside to honor the Class of 2020. Reflecting the ongoing pandemic, the theme of the event was Super Salutem Servetis (Safety Before Tradition).

Joan Omoro, of Union, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Individualized Studies.  Other Union County residents who earned their degrees during the ceremony are:

  • Berkeley Heights—Mallory George, Master of Business Administration: Leadership
  • Clark—Nicholas Robins, Bachelor of Arts, Individualized Studies
  • Cranford—Katie Heft, Master of Business Administration: Management; Gabrielle Lambe, Bachelor of Arts, Communication: Film Studies
  • New Providence—Melissa Falcetano, Master of Arts, Clinical Counseling
  • Plainfield—Antoine Clervoix, Master of Business Administration: Management; Desiree Jackson, Bachelor of Social Work
  • Roselle—Ashlee Smith, Bachelor of Science, Environmental Science
  • Roselle Park—Joceline Binns, Master of Business Administration: Management
  • Westfield—Kaitlyn Anesh, Bachelor of Science, Business Administration: Sports and Entertainment Management


Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary University’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix provides an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world. The University’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township. The Centenary University School of Professional Studies offers degree programs at two locations, Parsippany and Edison, as well as online and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.