2016 Graduates in the Spotlight

As Western Connecticut State University prepares for its 118th 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 2015, our graduates hailed from 18 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 2015 for Western students receiving a bachelor's degree was 3.18. For graduate students, it was 3.82.

The numbers for the class of 2016 are still being written. Here is a glimpse at what some of our graduates’ futures hold.

James Barnes
Bachelor of Science in Justice & Law Administration

  Alexis Koukos
Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting
Marika DiCarlo
Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts Management
  Robert Lavelle
BBA in Accounting - Financial option
Dylan Dineen
Bachelor of Arts, Theatre Design/Technology
  Colleen Mair
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Bachelor of Science in Justice & Law Administration-Criminology
Karina Escobar
Bachelor of Arts in Biology - Bioscience Concentration
  Megan McCauley
Bachelor of Science, Secondary Ed-English
Eljay Feuerman
Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing
  Jeffrey Moro
Bachelor of Music, Audio and Music Production
Matthew Grasso
Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre, Associate Honors degree
  Gail Murray
Bachelor of Science, Meteorology
Tatum Hamernik
Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing

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