61st Spring Commencement with presidential seal

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Commencement Address

Student speaker Katelyn Kluh in an outdoor setting

Student Speaker

Dr. Eileen Abel (Vice President, Academic Affairs) in her cap and gown

Faculty and Staff Salute

Students pose for a group shot with balloons at Fall Fest

Student Life

CSM President Maureen Murphy in her cap and gown

Closing Remarks

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A Message from CSM President Dr. Maureen Murphy

This class is extraordinary, and what our students have done in the last three months since the COVID-19 pandemic arrived upon our shores, has demonstrated with unequivocal force what it means to persevere…

And if the way that all of you, the 2020 candidates for graduation, have handled yourselves through this year is any indicator, our world is in good hands.

Your amazing, resilient, and powerful hands.

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Join the Celebration #CSMgrad2020

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Spring 2020 Commencement Candidates

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By the Numbers

Graphic: 470 degree and certificate candidates, receiving 462 associate degrees and 214 certificates

28% graduating with honors graphic

Infographic youngest age is 17 and oldest is 68

Graphic 39% male and 61% female

Graphic: most popular degrees are Arts and Sciences, Nursing, Business Administration, Engineering

Graphic: most popular certificates are General Studies/Transfer, business management, cybersecurity, and Human Services: Alcohol and Drug Counseling

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Congratulations, Class of 2020!


In these uncertain times there is certainty, your graduation, which is a testament to your resolve to improve yourself. You have succeeded, but remember, this is just a stepping-stone on your life’s journey, your destiny is calling you. You can do anything you put your mind, heart, and soul to. CSM is proud to have been a part of this journey.

- Ted Harwood, Chairman, CSM Board of Trustees

Continue your journey in education, whether it's in school, your work, your community or your family.  Be proud of your accomplishments, especially during these times, as you set your sails for the journey of life that is before you.

"The one thing you have that nobody else has is you.  Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision.  So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can." - Neil Gaiman

- Jay Webster, Vice Chair, CSM Board of Trustees

Congratulations to the Spring 2020 graduates of CSM! We are immensely proud of your academic achievements exhibited to date and are excited by the amazing ways in which each of you will leave your mark on the world. Wishing you all the best in your future endeavors!

- Shawn Coates, Trustee, CSM Board of Trustees

As a graduate of CSM in the Spring of 2020, you may have completed your final semester in a much different manner in which started, but you adapted and did this for yourself. Congratulations on your great achievement. This time in your life will always be remembered as a time that made you stronger but also made you grateful. Grateful for future face-to-face interaction and hugs, technology in general (Zoom, Facetime, etc), family and friends. Wishing you continued success as you move forward with your career or with additional studies!

- Sonja Cox, Trustee, CSM Board of Trustees

You did it! I wholeheartedly congratulate you on your achievement and wish you a joyous and rewarding future. Congratulations, graduates!  

- Lois DiNatale, Trustee, CSM Board of Trustees

Your ambition, hard work, honesty and personal ethics have brought you to this milestone in your life, and these same qualities will carry you to your next goal and milestone. Do not forget your roots and the sacrifices of your predecessors that have enabled you to take this trip. May you continue to progress and succeed. My deepest and most sincere congratulations on your accomplishments to date and this special graduation from the College of Southern Maryland.

- John W. Roache, M.D., Trustee, CSM Board of Trustees

On behalf of a proud state, I want to extend our sincere congratulations to the Class of 2020. This is certainly not the graduation that any of you anticipated, but it in no way lessens your accomplishments or diminishes your achievements. Stay safe, and may God bless you all.

- Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, Jr.

Congratulations CSM Graduates, Class of 2020! You have worked hard for years to make it to this point. I know this is not the senior year you expected, but you should be proud of your accomplishments. I know everyone around you is beaming with pride. Go Hawks!

- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin

Congrats to the graduates of the College of Southern Maryland. You are facing unprecedented times, but I know CSM has prepared you well to meet the challenges ahead. So stride boldly into the future, do great things, make our state proud, and stay #CSMStrong.

- U.S. Senator Chris VanHollen

I join in congratulating the Class of 2020 on this milestone achievement. Though we can't celebrate together, I am so proud of the accomplishments of this graduating class. I wish all College of Southern Maryland graduates the best in their future endeavors.

- U.S. Congressman Steny Hoyer

Congratulations to the class of 2020! CSM is a true jewel of higher education in Southern Maryland. Through the years I have been proud to be a part of the CSM community. Recently, my grandson graduated from CSM and is now excelling as a proud member of the U.S. Marine Corps. His current success is largely a result of the education that he received at CSM. Like my grandson, I know that you will all go on to do extraordinary things. Again, congratulations class of 2020!

- Maryland State Senator Thomas Miller, Jr.

Congratulations to the Class of Spring 2020 on your graduation from CSM.  It is an honor to be able to recognize you for your hard work and this great achievement.  I wish you all the best of luck in your future endeavors.

- Maryland State Senator John "Jack" Bailey

Congrats Class of 2020! This pandemic has shown life is a maze full of unknowns. Now is the time to step out of your comfort zone. Take more initiative. Spend more time w/loved ones. Most importantly, find ways to help others. Keep your head up, stay safe & be encouraged!

- Maryland State Senator Arthur Ellis

Congratulations! COVID-19 in no way diminishes your accomplishments; in fact it enhances your milestone. You navigated this horrific challenge while finishing your goal. Future leaders will be expected more than ever to meet unforeseen challenges. I am confident in your capacity and commitment to do just that.

- Maryland State Delegate Michael Jackson

Congratulations! As you move forward in this uncertain time, your education should give you the solid ground you need to gain your footing. Step lightly to not tread on others; but step firmly enough that others do not tread on you. I wish you success as your new journey begins.

- Maryland State Delegate Brian Crosby

To the Class of 2020, I would like to express my sincerest congratulations.  Despite COVID-19 challenges, you all have worked very hard to reach this day.  I applaud you for your perseverance. Best of luck in your future endeavors.

- Maryland State Delegate C.T. Wilson

Class of 2020! I am honored to share in the excitement of your graduation. Sincerest congratulations on your accomplishments and much success in the future.

- Maryland State Delegate Edith Patterson

Congratulations to the Class of 2020. You have overcome many obstacles in your pursuit of an education and career. I wish you the best as you continue on this path of knowledge and independence.

- Maryland State Delegate Gerald Clark

As you go forward in the next phase of your life, whether it is in following an additional academic path or in making your entrance into the workforce, go with your head held high and with the sureness that you can accomplish anything you set your mind and your heart to pursue.

- St. Mary's County Commissioners

Congratulations on completing your final semester at CSM. We know you have been anticipating this day for years, and despite the challenges of COVID-19, you have successfully navigated these unique times and shown great perseverance. We could not be more proud. May the future bring you success.

- Calvert County Commissioners

Although COVID-19 keeps us from celebrating face to face, the joy of your success should in no way be diminished. Congratulations to the College of Southern Maryland Class of Spring 2020.

- St. Mary's County Commissioner Eric Colvin

Chasing your dreams requires hard work, effort, and passion. Today you achieved a goal that was once just a dream. As you celebrate your achievement, remember that education is the key to unlocking your potential, so never stop learning. Continue to strive for greatness in all you do. Congratulations and best wishes for success!

- Charles County Commissioner, President Reuben Collins II, Esq.

Congratulations on your well-deserved success! I’m sure this is only one of many to come! I have hopeful expectations that you will dare to do great things with your future despite any challenges that come your way. Face them head on with confidence in yourselves, your abilities and your great potential. Warmest thoughts and highest hopes.

- Charles County Commissioner, Vice President Bobby Rucci

Congratulations CSM graduates! I sincerely wish you the best on all your future endeavors. I wanted to take a moment to encourage you during this unknown time in the world to focus not on the negative aspects of change. Instead, ask yourself how you can use the knowledge and skills you’ve gained to make an impact in the world as it is today. Use your intuitive and forward-thinking minds that have been encouraged throughout your time at CSM to find innovative and creative ways to enrich lives around you and better yourselves. Realize the potential you have and be determined to use it for good! Best wishes on your next great adventure!

- Charles County Commissioner Gilbert Bowling III

As an alumnus of CSM, I am proud to congratulate you on your 2020 commencement. Although I am not able to shake your hand and watch you walk across the stage. I am very proud of you. I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors. You did it! Charles County PROUD!

- Charles County Commissioner Thomasina Coates

Congratulations to the College of Southern Maryland Class of 2020! On this graduation day, we wish for you all the good things that life can offer. You made it! It's time to celebrate. It is because of your dedication and hard work that today you graduate. Your journey is not over.  Remember, your greatness continues.  Take a moment and breath and then push on to your next achievement.  Today is only the beginning.

- Charles County Commissioner Amanda Stewart, M.Ed

Congratulations Students.  Well Done.

- Mary Washington, St. Mary's County Board of Education

Congratulations, Class of 2020! May today’s success be the beginning of tomorrow’s achievements. This is an exciting moment for you and for those who have supported you on this journey. Always remember that you are braver than you believe, stronger than you realize. As a new graduate of CSM, cherish the memories made here. What lies ahead are all your dreams and aspirations. Around you are all those who love you. Within you is all you need. Treasure this moment of success. Embrace the journey ahead. Again congratulations, and well done.

- Latina Wilson, Vice Chair, Charles County Board of Education

Spectacular defines this Class of 2020. While you have endured more this year than any other class, each of you are on a spectacular journey to serve a world in need of your strength, courage and intellect. I salute you! Be well, encouraged and duly faithful to yourselves and to your world.

- Elizabeth Brown, Charles County Board of Education