PARAMUS, N.J. – Class of 2015 graduate Lorraine Derwin took the oath of office as the Bergen Community College alumni trustee at the July 7 meeting of the institution’s board of trustees. Elected by students, the alumni trustee serves on the College’s governing body with full voting rights during a one-year term.

Derwin, of Westwood, graduated from Bergen with a 3.91 GPA this year, distinguishing herself as a scholar and student leader, participating in honor societies such as Phi Theta Kappa and working with peers as a mentor and note-taker. Derwin also remains active in her hometown, volunteering as a softball coach and through mental health first aid certification. She plans to study communication – specifically American Sign Language – at a four-year institution in the fall.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (, a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls 16,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip J. Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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