Graduates in the Spotlight

2019 Graduates in the Spotlight

As Western Connecticut State University prepares for its 121st 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 2018, our graduates hailed from 18 U.S. states and 130 Connecticut cities and towns. The average age was 26 for those obtaining a bachelor’s degree and 32 for those obtaining a master’s degree. The mean grade point average in 2018 for WCSU students receiving a bachelor’s degree was 3.23. For graduate students, it was 3.81.

The numbers for the class of 2019 are still being written. Here is a glimpse at what some of our graduates’ futures hold.


image of Carole Allers Carole Allers
B.A. in Psychology
image of Christine Manalo Christine Manalo
B.S. in Music Education
image of Chauncey Allers Chauncey Allers
B.S. in Justice and Law Administration
image of Jordon McAlpine Jordon McAlpine
B.A. in Biology
image of Gina Atanasoff Gina Atanasoff
M.F.A. in Creative & Professional Writing
 image of Herbie Mortera Herbie Mortera
B.M. in Audio & Music Production
image of Erica Bower Erica Bower
B.A. in Meteorology
image of Victor Namer Victor Namer
B.A. in Psychology
B.A. in Political Science
image of Bill Brimmer Bill Brimmer
B.A. in English
image of Allison Noteware Allison Noteware
B.S. in Justice & Law Administration
image of Jillian Caillouette Jillian Caillouette
B.F.A. in Musical Theatre
 image of Layra C. Valdes Ramirez Layra Caridad Valdes Ramirez
B.A. in Chemistry, Biochemistry, ACS Approved
image of Jessica Calderon Jessica Calderon
B.B.A. in Financial Accounting
image of Brian Rendich
Brian Rendich
B.S. in Secondary Education
image of Caroline Chaves Caroline Chaves
B.B.A. in Digital & Interactive Marketing
image of Rachel Rossier Rachel Rossier
B.A. in Art
image of Joseph Conticello Joseph Conticello
B.M. in Performance
 image of Jaclyn Smith Jaclyn Smith
B.S. in Elementary Education
 image of Kevin Coyle Kevin Coyle
B.S. in Health Promotion Studies, Community Health
image of Josyane Torres Josyane Torres
B.S. in Nursing
 image of Jaclyn Fernandez Jaclyn Fernandez
B.S. in Health Promotion Studies, Allied Health
image of Nathanial Walker Nathanial Walker
B.A. in History
B.A. in Political Science
image of Danielle King Danielle King
M.A. in English