Berklee Online graduates with their caps and gowns on at Commencement.

Berklee Online’s Class of 2024: A Testament to Tenacity

On May 11, members of Berklee Online’s class of 2024 will gather in Boston to take part in this year’s Commencement ceremony, alongside their Berklee campus peers. Read the inspiring stories of six Berklee Online graduates as they reflect on their experiences and share what’s in store for their futures.

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Breanna Dickerson on Berklee Graduation and Entrepreneurship

Breanna Dickerson, who is a member of Berklee Online’s class of 2024, shares the lessons that she’s learned during her time in the Music Business program, which involve auditioning for America’s Got Talent, interning for Universal Music Group, and rebranding her award-winning Christian hip-hop duo, F.L.O.G.I.C.

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Berklee Online Music Courses Unlock Potential in Juvenile Justice Programs

Berklee Online has partnered with the Department of Youth Services in Massachusetts, and other juvenile justice programs across the US, to offer students the opportunity to earn college credit by taking online music courses.

Billy Ray McClelland plays acoustic guitar in a chair in front of a house.

US Veteran Billy Ray McClelland Earns His Degree in Guitar from Berklee

Music has always been a place of comfort for Billy Ray McClelland, a US Army veteran who will add a bachelor’s degree in Guitar Performance from Berklee Online to his list of honorable achievements by the end of 2023. In this story Billy Ray discusses his musical upbringing, his plans for after graduation, and the secret about rhythm that he learned in the military.

A group of five strings musicians performing at night on the sidewalk next to a police car and "do not cross" tape.

Autumn Maria Reed Fights Gun Violence with Music

Berklee Online alum Autumn Maria Reed shares about her experience as a first-responder musician for the Black String Triage Ensemble in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Christos Karantais, a Voice Performance major at Berklee Online, sings during a performance.

Voice Performance Student Christos Karantais on Bringing Greek Music to the US

Christos Karantais is among the first students earning his degree in Berklee Online’s new Voice Performance program, and he says his goal is to become an ambassador of Greek music in the United States.

A group of 2022 Berklee graduates celebrate at Commencement.

Berklee Online’s Class of 2023 Rejoice in Community and Perseverance

Members of Berklee Online’s graduating class head to Boston from around the world to attend Berklee College of Music’s 2023 Commencement ceremony. Read the stories of seven stand-out graduates who are celebrating the hard work that led to this milestone.

Brandon Iljas: A Coursera Worker Paving a Musical Future with Berklee Online

Coursera manager Brandon Iljas saw his 30th birthday approaching from a distance, and decided to make a key change, courtesy of Berklee Online.

Raffa DeFaria and Camilla DeFaria are part of the Class of 2021 for Berklee Online.

Berklee Online’s 2021 Graduates Overcome Adversity and Dream Big

This is the second year that Berklee’s Commencement will be held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 graduates have been through their share of adversity to get where they are today, but they are stronger, more resilient, and ready to take on the music industry.

Jamelle Houston

Jamelle Houston on his Grandfather’s Legacy, his Nonprofit, and BLM

Incoming Berklee Online master’s student Jamelle Houston discusses his music career and what keeps him coming back to his hometown of Temple, Texas.