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Congratulations to the class of 2022

Baccalaureate: Thursday, May 19th, 7pm
Zarephath Christian Church (ZCC)
2 Ministry Center Drive
Zarephath, NJ

SPEAKER: Maxine A. Bradshaw, Ph.D., MBA; M.Ed.  B.Sc., Associate Dean and Professor of Psychology and Counseling

Dr. Maxine Antoinette Bradshaw is the Associate Dean and Professor of Psychology and Counseling in the Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) and in the Undergraduate Traditional Psychology and Counseling programs at Pillar College.
She is Advisor to the Psychology and Counseling Club and the Pillar College Chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honors Society in Psychology. This Psi Chi chapter has been featured in multiple publications in the Eye on Psi Chi magazine. Dr. Bradshaw’s work at Pillar College extends beyond the confines of the classroom. She petitioned the New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA) to allow undergraduate students to participate in their Town Hall Diversity Meetings, and NJPA now fully accepts Undergraduate participants. She implemented initiatives including the Therapeutic Workshops and Leadership Training, which provide students and community leaders with experiential skills and psycho-educational training. Her Virtual Grief Group provides support and referrals to those experiencing grief; the TalkCampus initiative provides global 24/7 peer support for mental well-being and coping. 

Dr. Bradshaw’s Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Certificate Training workshops in collaboration with the Department of Human Services Injury Prevention Division in Jersey City allow participants to become State certified as First Aid Assessors. Her Pledge of Completion ceremony, student mentorship peer support services, and Family and Friends Class visits have been adapted throughout the institution. Dr. Bradshaw also joined forces with the Association of American Colleges and Universities to bring the National Day of Racial Healing to the Psychology and Counseling Department, the New Jersey Partnership for Drug Free NJ to bring awareness to the deleterious effects of the Opioid addiction crisis, and also collaborated with the Department of Justice FBI ‘s Community Outreach Unit to facilitate a conversation on Opioid Addiction and Recovery which was featured in the HBO series Life of Crime: 1984 to 2020.

Additionally, Dr. Bradshaw is one of the founding members and a member of the Board of directors for Winning Women, a certificate program for the empowerment of women; she currently serves on Pillar College’s Academic Council; Chair of the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, (CACREP) Committee; the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) Standard III Committee; and on the Faculty Symposium Steering Committee. As a leader in the field of psychology, Dr. Bradshaw is a member of the following organizations: Psi Chi; American Counseling Association (ACA); Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES); International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (IAMFC); and the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC).

Dr. Bradshaw is currently a Certified Trauma Professional (CTP) and a Certified EQ-I Coach. She graduated from the University of the West Indies with a BSc. in Business with Upper Class Honors and from Howard University where she earned a Master of Arts in Business Administration (MBA), a Master of Education in Counseling (M.Ed.) and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. Dr. Bradshaw is a Pillar College representative and reviewer for the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AACU). She is also a reviewer for the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), and the International Consortium of Educators (ICED). Her collaborative publications include When the Chair becomes the Bully, Tapping into your Super Power, and Understanding Counseling and Psychotherapy. Dr. Bradshaw is a national and international leader, a lecturer, a researcher, a workshop presenter, and a public speaker for churches, organizations, retreats, and conferences. She has received accolades from the Association of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities (AMHDD) Inc.; The Global Forum for Education and Learning (GFEL) as one of the Top 100 Leaders in Education and Psychology, and has been featured in the Marquis Who’s Who publication as an Educator who demonstrates exceptional achievements in her field and who has made notable contributions to society; and also as an Outstanding Individual of the Century. Dr. Bradshaw is married to her soul mate, Bishop Marvin Bradshaw Sr., and together, they Pastor Higher Dimensions Ministries Inc. in Newark, NJ. Her mantra is that God never stops working in you, and it is His power within that propels you to your destiny.

Commencement: Friday, May 20th, 2pm
Zarephath Christian Church (ZCC)
2 Ministry Center Drive
Zarephath, NJ

SPEAKER: Rev. Dr. Gabriel Salguero, Pastor Gathering Place in Orlando, FL and President of National Latino Evangelical Coalition

The Rev. Dr. Gabriel Salguero is pastor at The Gathering Place, a Latino-led multi-ethnic Assemblies of God congregation in Orlando, Florida. Salguero is also the president and founder of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition (NALEC), a coalition of several thousand evangelical congregations in the United States. He was the former Director of the Hispanic Leadership Program (HLP), and the Institute for Faith and Public Life at Princeton Theological Seminary. Salguero is also a powerful voice on issues that affect the close to 9 million Latino evangelicals in the United States. Salguero’s leadership of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition (NaLEC), a national network of Hispanic churches, offers an important voice for the growing diversity and changing demographics in our country. He has written extensively on Latino evangelicalism, immigration, racism, and multicultural congregations. Salguero has been named as one of the nation’s most prominent Latino evangelical leaders by the New York Times, Huffington Post, the New York Observer, the Center for American Progress, El Diario, CNN Español, NBC Universal, Univisión, and Jorge Ramos’s Al Punto. In addition, his leadership on issues of young male education and criminal justice reform has been featured by the Discovery Channel and the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Rev. Salguero has served on the White House Faith-Based Advisory Council, the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), and the National Advisory Council of the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance. He is also on the board of La Asociación Evangélica Latina (AEL) the coalition of Latin American evangelicals which is the representative body for all evangelical associations in Latin America.

Salguero holds a BA in Spanish and History from Rutgers University, and M.Div (magna cum laude) from New Brunswick Theological Seminary, he pursued a Ph.D in Christian Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary, and holds a Doctorate in Divinity from Eastern Nazarene College.

Attention Graduates from the Class of 2020 and 2021:
Pillar College Class of 2020 and 2021, you are invited to participate in this year’s graduation ceremony. Confirmed and approved graduates from these classes may invite two guests. Please complete this brief survey to confirm if you plan to participate.

Ticket information:

  • Graduates from the Classes of 2020 and 2021 will each receive two complimentary guest tickets for Commencement (please complete the survey above to confirm your participation).
  • Approved graduates from the Class of 2022 will receive six complimentary guest tickets for Commencement

Clearance is required by completing all steps before a candidate can pick up their cap, gown, and tickets, and participate in the ceremony:

Cap/Gown and Graduation Ticket Pick-ups:
Cleared graduates may pick up cap & gown packages as well as guest tickets on or after the following dates according to the student’s primary campus location:

  • Somerset campus: Wednesday April 13, 4pm to 7pm
  • Paterson campus: Thursday April 14, 2pm to 7pm
  • Newark campus: Wednesday April 20, 12pm to 7pm and
    Thursday, April 21, 12pm to 7pm

Graduate Photography available for Classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022:

Jason M Martin, photographer will be on site on the days listed above and is offering professional photo packages. 

Sitting Fee:

The sitting fee from now until March 31 April 7 is $25 (JMartin Production has extended the date for Pillar students!). If a student registers after April 7th it is $75. Students who come on the day of the photoshoot will have to pay cash.

You must reserve your photo shoot in advance by clicking on the link below:


Watch Commencement 2021 Ceremony

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Life at Pillar


Pillar College will have virtual instruction and work remotely from January 3, 2022, and will resume in-person instruction and in-office work on January 18, 2022.