2014 Graduates in the Spotlight

As Western Connecticut State University prepares for its 116th annual Commencement ceremony, we pause for a moment to look back at our past — and ahead to our graduates’ futures.

Depending on the year they passed through our gates, our students have received a degree from the Danbury Normal School (1906 – 1936), Danbury State Teachers College (1937 – 1959), Danbury State College (1960 – 1967), Western Connecticut State College (1967 – 1982) and Western Connecticut State University (since 1983).

We’ve grown from early graduating classes of several dozen students to more than a thousand in recent years, conferring undergraduate, masters and, starting in 2008, doctoral degrees.

In the class of 2013, our graduates hailed from 16 U.S. states and 132 Connecticut cities and towns. The average age was 26 for those obtaining a bachelor's degree and 37 for those obtaining a master's degree. The mean grade point average in 2013 for Western students receiving a bachelor's degree was 3.18. For graduate students, it was 3.77.

The numbers for the class of 2014 are still being written. Here is a glimpse at what some of our graduates’ futures hold.

Steven Aguayo
Master of Arts in Teaching: Secondary Education - Spanish
  Melissa Noach
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
James Ascone
Bachelor of Science in Health Education Pre-K - 12
  Erik Ofgang
Master of Fine Arts in Creative and Professional Writing
Katie Bassett
Master of Fine Arts in Art - Painting
  Corey Paris
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
Nicole Chalk
Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education - English
  Karli Portnoy
Bachelor of Business Administration
Brittany Chengeri
Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion Studies
  Abigail Riss
Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts Management
Sean Congdon
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  Merritt Schneider
Bachelor of Business Administration
Jessica Coraizaca
Bachelor of Science, Secondary Education: Spanish
  Lloyd Smith
Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry
Frank Gaetano
Bachelor of Science in Meteorology
  Kelly Stendahl
Bachelor of Business Administration
Timothy Lewis
Bachelor of Music, Jazz Studies
  Samantha Taddonio
Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science and Bachelor of Science in Justice and Law Administration
Meredith Liberto
Master of Business Administration
  William Trotta
Bachelor of Arts in Media Production
Jamie Matarazzo
Bachelor of Arts in Social Work
  Dena Virzera
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
Katie Murphy
Doctorate of Education
  Jason Walsh
Master of Health Administration

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