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June 2014
Board of Regents President Gregory W. Gray Dear Colleagues,

As the 2014 commencement season draws to a close throughout our 17 Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU), many of our students have graduated with degrees or certificates, while others have successfully transitioned into the workforce or to another institution of higher education.

Whatever path our students choose, they are provided with the academic tools, practical skills and real world opportunities necessary to advance as leaders in their professions.

Profiled in this edition of "First Monday" are some of these stellar graduates - a smart network of award-winning, dean's list students - the doers and difference makers who will improve the welfare of our community, our state and beyond.
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As these profiles illustrate, our graduates are business owners, non-traditional students and people who hope to bring manufacturing back to the United States and clean drinking water to the world. There are educators among them, as well as a recipient of a competitive National Science Foundation fellowship. Some are the first in their family to attend college and have overcome significant obstacles and illness to succeed. They truly exemplify innovation and leadership.

A CSCU degree allows our graduates to successfully compete in today's global economy. Employers from across our region respect the brainpower, character and work ethic of the more than 300,000 CSCU graduates since 1983. Our dedicated and committed faculty is integral to this student success and the academic excellence in our classrooms.

Now, as we embark on Transform CSCU 2020 - the transformational plan that will place our 17 colleges and universities on the path to becoming Connecticut's world-class system of higher education - we are deepening student appreciation for learning, while keeping our institutions accessible and affordable.

Although we have much hard work ahead of us, Transform CSCU 2020 will expand our academics, modernize our infrastructure and ensure the highest quality learning environment for our students and alumni, preparing them to compete in the 21st century global economy.

Sincerely,
Gregory W. Gray
Gregory W. Gray
President
Board of Regents for Higher Education
Connecticut State Colleges & Universities (ConnSCU)



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