2013 Graduates in the Spotlight

As Western Connecticut State University prepares for our 115th 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 2012, our graduates hailed from 16 U.S. states and 129 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 2012 for Western students receiving a bachelor's degree was 3.14. For graduate students, it was 3.77.

The numbers for the class of 2013 are still being written. Here is a glimpse at what some of our graduates’ futures hold.

Conor Bierfeldt
Bachelor of Business Administration
  Thomas Monckton
BBA in Financial Accounting
Michael Carpanzano
Master of Business Administration
  Bruna Oliveira
Bachelor of Arts in Biology
Gregory Chamberlin
Bachelor of Arts in Biology
  Sheldon Poole
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in Political Science
Michael Fraser
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science cum laude
  Emily Staley
Bachelor of Arts in Art
Sara Lewis
M.F.A. in Creative and Professional Writing (December 2012), Master of Arts in English Literature (May 2013)
  Mathew Swerdloff
Ed.D. in Instructional Leadership
Katherine Marsan
Bachelor of Science, Music Education
  Samantha Trayer
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Sami Merhi
Bachelor of Arts, Mathematics

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