2012 Graduates in the Spotlight

As Western Connecticut State University prepares for our 114th 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 in 2008 — doctoral — degrees.

In the class of 2011, our graduates hailed from 14 U.S. states and 126 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 2011 for WestConn students receiving a bachelor's degree was 3.13. For graduate students, it was 3.78.

The numbers for the class of 2012 are still being written. Here is a glimpse at what some of our graduates’ futures hold.

Christopher Bolster
Master of Arts, English
  Bernadene Lawrence-Phillip
Master of Science, Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist
Kelley Bradley
Bachelor of Science, Meteorology
  Gary Robinson
Bachelor of Arts, Professional Writing
Laura Giovannoli
Master's in Nursing, APRN
  Hanna Smigala
Master of Business Administration
Jennifer Groom-Reid
Bachelor of Arts, Social Work
  Jessica Stark
Bachelor of Arts, Theatre Performance
Sarah Hall
Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology/Sociology
  William Tripp
Master of Arts in Teaching-Mathematics

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