2017 Graduates in the Spotlight

As Western Connecticut State University prepares for its 119th 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 2016, our graduates hailed from 17 U.S. states and 127 Connecticut cities and towns. The average age was 26 for those obtaining a bachelor's degree and 36 for those obtaining a master's degree. The mean grade point average in 2016 for Western students receiving a bachelor's degree was 3.18. For graduate students, it was 3.79.

The numbers for the class of 2017 are still being written. Here is a glimpse at what some of our graduates’ futures hold.

Jasmine Bailey
B.M. in Audio and Music Production
  Qin Lin
BBA in Financial Accounting
Waverly Rose Brim
B.A. in Biology, Health Professions option
  Thea Martin
B.S. in Nursing
Clarissa Burch
B.S. in Elementary Education
  Rosemary Minkler
B.M. in Audio and Music Production
Bridget Carroll
B.S. in Secondary Education, Spanish
  Nariman Omar
B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies
B.S. in Social Work
Dawna Denison
BBA in Marketing
  Cullen Roberts
B.A. in Psychology
Celia Devoe
BBA in Financial Accounting
  Heather Rosenblatt
B.S. in Biology
Brennen Diaz
B.A. in American Studies
  Karissa Smith
B.A. in Psychology
Megan Driscoll
BBA in Digital and Interactive Marketing
  Kristy Trotta
B.A. in Communication
Evelin Garcia
B.A. in Biology and Health Studies
  Allison Vas
B.S. in Elementary Education
Madiha Khan
B.A. in Chemistry, Biochemistry option
  Robert Weinberg
B.S. in Justice and Law Administration
Edward Lavoie
BBA in Management Information Systems
  David Zahacewski
B.A. in Theatre Arts Design/Tech

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