NJCU Celebrates EdTech Graduates in Hooding Ceremony

May 25, 2023
EdTech Hooding23-1468 (Class of 2023)

JERSEY CITY, N.J. | On May 17, the  New Jersey City University (NJCU) ​Department of Educational Technology (EdTech) held a doctoral hooding and master's honors ceremony for its 2023 graduates. It is the eighth cohort of EdTech doctoral graduates who will earn an Ed.D. in Educational Technology Leadership.


EdTech Hooding23-1065 (emotion)
A newly hooded doctoral student reacts with emotion.

The NJCU EdTech doctoral and master’s programs are nationally recognized for their excellence. The program launched during the 2013-14 academic year and the doctoral program is a three-year commitment. The first graduating class was in 2016. The Class of 2023 started their program in July 2020 — during the height of the pandemic.

The Educational Technology Department was ranked 1st in the Nation by the College Affordability Guide. The Ed.D. in Educational Technology Leadership was ranked 9th in the Nation by Top Education Degrees. The Department’s M.A. in Educational Technology was ranked 3rd in the Nation for Online Educational Technology Programs by the Center for Online Education.

The program’s accredited programs are at the forefront of the field, employing project-based approaches, emerging technologies, and adherence to standards. NJCU’s EdTech graduates have achieved prominence as technology leaders at the national level.

The following 10 students were hooded at the ceremony and will graduate in Cohort 8 with an Ed.D. in Educational Technology Leadership:

𝗗𝗼𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗿 𝗼𝗳 𝗘𝗱𝘂𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗧𝗲𝗰𝗵𝗻𝗼𝗹𝗼𝗴𝘆 𝗟𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗽

  • Alex Alexandre
  • Francis James Ciccitto
  • Kristina Harb
  • Deniz Ismailoff
  • La-Dana Renee Jenkins
  • Susan Deehan Murray
  • Stephanie Corinne Peborde Burke
  • Giancarlo A. Perez Flores
  • Filiz Zeybek
  • Michelle Anna Zgombic

The following 26 students were honored for achieving a master’s degree in Educational Technology:

𝗠𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗼𝗳 𝗔𝗿𝘁𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗘𝗱𝘂𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗧𝗲𝗰𝗵𝗻𝗼𝗹𝗼𝗴𝘆

  • Catherine A. Astor
  • Catherine D. Baggett*
  • Douglass James Bailey*
  • Arianna Bianciella
  • Aimee Marcey Brown*
  • Alice M. Dean*
  • Michele A. DeMatteo
  • Jennifer L. Fisher
  • Tracey Alexandra Gould
  • Alina Khan Gumbs*
  • Rebecca Halleran
  • Stephanie Marie Merino*
  • Chris Nerkizian*
  • Jahaziel Beanies Valerian

𝗠𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗼𝗳 𝗔𝗿𝘁𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗘𝗱𝘂𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗧𝗲𝗰𝗵𝗻𝗼𝗹𝗼𝗴𝘆 𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗹 𝗟𝗶𝗯𝗿𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝗠𝗲𝗱𝗶𝗮 𝗦𝗽𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘀𝘁

  • Patricia M. Dennis*
  • Kelly Digirolamo
  • Kimberly Ann Green
  • Erin Lafond*
  • Stacey Renee Lespinasse*
  • Julie Anne Marck*
  • Jenna Rose Maus-Colucci
  • Amanda Rego
  • Leticia Maureen Romero
  • Melissa Ivy Serra*
  • Kaelah B. Steenstra

Eve Marie Valente*

*STEM Certificate

EdTech Hooding23-1474 (Class of 2023 with faculty)
The Class of 2023 with NJCU EdTech faculty and NJCU administrators.

About NJCU:
New Jersey City University is an institution of higher learning dedicated to the development of our students, our city, our communities, and our state. We are a game-changing force for our students and have been recognized as one of the top colleges in the nation improving their upward economic mobility. Whether enrolled in one of our undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral programs at our three locations, NJCU students have access to an affordable, diverse environment, and an exceptionally supportive faculty. This prepares them to go on to become the next generation of workers and leaders who improve their communities and the State of New Jersey.


Ira Thor
, Associate Vice President for University Communications (interim) | ithor@njcu.edu | 201-200-3301