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Jun 12, 2023

Commencement Recap: CSCU System Graduates 8,706 Students in Class of 2023

CSCU graduated an estimated 8,706 students this spring — many with degrees in the high demand fields of health care, education, manufacturing, and business.

The Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) system graduated an estimated 8,706 students this spring — many with degrees in the high demand fields of health care, education, manufacturing, and business — at commencement ceremonies held at 17 CSCU institutions statewide.

CSCU institutions conferred a combined 9,975 degrees and certificates. These include 8,816 undergraduate credentials and 1,159 graduate awards. CSCU consists of Central, Eastern, Southern, and Western Connecticut State Universities; Charter Oak State College, the state’s only public online college; and 12 community colleges that will merge on July 1, 2023, to become CT State Community College. When factoring in noncredit programs, an estimated total of more than 12,000 credentials were conferred during the spring semester.

“Each and every CSCU graduate exemplifies the mission of public higher education to provide the opportunity for people of all backgrounds to learn, think critically, and be contributing members of society,” said CSCU President Terrence Cheng. “I am proud of our graduates, many who will stay to live and work in Connecticut. The knowledge and skills they have gained at CSCU institutions will be the catalyst for growth and workforce development in this state. They are Connecticut’s future.”

Graduates earned degrees in the high demand fields, including nursing, health professions, and clinical sciences; education; advanced manufacturing; business management; social science; public administration and social service; and engineering technologies.

“This year’s graduates are key to the future of Connecticut’s workforce,” said JoAnn Ryan, chair of the Board of Regents, who also serves as president of the Northwestern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce. “The knowledge and skills they have acquired at CSCU will prepare our graduates well to think outside the box and take on 21st century challenges. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for the class of 2023.”

Number of Degree Completions:

Undergraduate Awards

Graduate Awards


Degrees Awarded by CSCU Institutions: 

Charter Oak State CollegeGraduates
Charter Oak State College525
Connecticut State UniversitiesGraduates
Central Connecticut State University1,550
Eastern Connecticut State University747
Southern Connecticut State University 1,495
Western Connecticut State University720
CT StateGraduates
Asnuntuck Community College161
Capital Community College283
Gateway Community College414
Housatonic Community College367
Manchester Community College454
Middlesex Community College260
Naugatuck Valley Community College462
Northwestern CT Community College172
Norwalk Community College411
Quinebaug Valley Community College109
Three Rivers Community College278
Tunxis Community College298


CSCU Total: 8,706


Top 10 Degree Categories:

Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences1,721
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services1,648
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities1,178
Advanced Manufacturing 568
Visual and Performing Arts 425
Social Sciences414
Public Administration and Social Service Professions384
Engineering Technologies/Technicians299






American Indian or Alaska Native 16
Black or African American1,070
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 11
Two or more races252
US Nonresident148