2015 Graduates in the Spotlight

As Western Connecticut State University prepares for its 117th 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 2014, our graduates hailed from 9 U.S. states and 120 Connecticut cities and towns. The average age was 26 for those obtaining a bachelor's degree and 35 for those obtaining a master's degree. The mean grade point average in 2014 for Western students receiving a bachelor's degree was 3.18. For graduate students, it was 3.80.

The numbers for the class of 2015 are still being written. Here is a glimpse at what some of our graduates’ futures hold.

Brooke Amigo
Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences

  Matt Monaco
Bachelor of Arts in Biology
Hannah Bellows
Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre
  Emily Neff
Master of Arts in Teaching, Secondary Education
Holly Brown
Bachelor of Science in Music Education
  Timothy Nott
Bachelor of Arts in History
Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
Marcela Campo
Bachelor of Arts in Social Work
  Dale Osterman
Bachelor of Music in Audio and Music Production
Robert Dolan
Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics
  Jesse Rathbun
Bachelor of Business Administration, Financial Accounting
Dennis Fitzgerald
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  Tony Seldon
Bachelor of Arts in Communication
Reine Issa
Ed.D. in Instructional Leadership
  Alissa Silber
Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing
Jessica Lin
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
  Ben Wild
Bachelor of Arts in History
Brittany Lorenti
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  Iris Will
Bachelor of Science in Justice and Law Administration
Erin Manion
Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design, Photography
  Nina Wojtkiewicz
Bachelor of Science in Justice and Law Administration
Corinne Marshall
Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre
  Rebecca Young
Bachelor of Arts in Social Work

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