2008 Graduates in the Spotlight

As Western Connecticut State University prepares for our 110th 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 (1903 – 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 close to 1,000 in recent years, conferring undergraduate, graduate and starting this year — doctoral — degrees.

In the class of 2007, our graduates hailed from 13 U.S. states and 104 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 2007 for WestConn students receiving a bachelor's degree was 2.98. For graduate students, it was 3.31.

The numbers for the class of 2008 are still being written. Here is a glimpse at what some of our graduates’ futures hold.

Megan Brunell
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  Image of Frank LaBanca Frank LaBanca
Ed.D. in Instructional Leadership
Image of Nancy Caron Nancy Caron
M.S. in Education - Reading
  Jillian Lane
M.S. in Counseling Education - Community
Courtné Claudet
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
  Michael Lombardi Michael Lombardi
Bachelor of Science in Meteorology
Marisa Corti
M.S.N. - Adult Nurse Practitioner
  Charles Mastroni Charles Mastroni
Master of Business Administration
Amy Crupi Amy Crupi
Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts
  Irene McKinney Irene McKinney
B.S. in Secondary Education - English
Fletcher Dean Fletcher Dean
Master of Fine Arts in Professional Writing
  Todd Milano Todd Milano
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
Rebecca Devine Rebecca Devine
Master of Arts in English - Writing
  Laura Neville Laura Neville
Bachelor of Science in Music Education
Ryan Edgley Ryan Edgley
Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design
  Imran Qazi
Master of Arts in History
Image of Novlet Fidler Novlet Fidler
Master of Health Administration
  Kristin Ruotolo Kristin Ruotolo
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Chelsea Higgins Chelsea Higgins
Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry
  Jose Santiago Jose Santiago
Bachelor of Business Administration
Jennifer Hunt Jennifer Hunt
Bachelor of Science in Education
  Mike Schwartz Mike Schwartz
Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing
Lianne Hunter Lianne Hunter
Bachelor of Arts in Relational Communication
  Adam Schwarz Adam Schwarz
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
Image of Susan Irving Susan Irving
Master of Arts in History
  Brittany Serke Brittany Serke
Dual Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry/Biochemistry and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish
Victoria Janega Victoria Janega
B.S. in Secondary Education - Spanish
  Anne Witkavitch Anne Witkavitch
Master of Fine Arts in Professional Writing
Jeremiah Johnson Jeremiah Johnson
Master of Science in Justice Administration
  Samuel Young Samuel Young
Bachelor of Arts in Biology
Katie Kupchik Katie Kupchik
Bachelor of Music - Performance, Classical
     
         

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