CSM Celebrates 64th Spring Commencement

471 Graduates Join CSM Alumni Family

On May 12, CSM celebrated 471 candidates for 389 associate degrees and 142 certificates during its 64th Spring Commencement.

Hometown Hero
David Hupp '07 Named 2023 Distinguished Alum

Join us in congratulating Dr. David Hupp for being named CSM's Distinguished Alumni Award recipient for 2023. 

Through his career achievements and engagement with the community, David has set a standard to which our students and fellow alumni can aspire.  As one of CSM’s brightest points of pride, David represents the life-changing impact of a College of Southern Maryland education, and we are honored to award him the 2023 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Officials, Community, and Friends Gather to Dedicate
CSM's New Center for Health Sciences

"It takes a village, and that's what this building represents - a village." - U.S. Congressman Steny Hoyer

Sunlight streamed through expansive windows to illuminate the living moss wall at CSM's new Center for Health Sciences as students and employees gathered with elected officials and community members to cut the ribbon on a building that will revolutionize healthcare education in Southern Maryland.

The 50,000-square-foot building was almost a decade in the making, with efforts spanning three CSM presidents. The building represents Phase 2 in the development of CSM’s Regional Hughesville Campus following the opening of the Center for Trades and Energy Training in 2017.

Kuinua Together Annual Scholarship


Established by CSM alum Destiny Morgan ’15, this scholarship provides support to students pursuing an associate degree in Information Systems, Computer Science, or Cybersecurity and Information Technology who are underrepresented minorities in their field of study. Learn more about Ms. Morgan and her impact. 


For information on how to donate to this scholarship or create your own scholarship, visit csmd.edu/Foundation.

Congratulations to the following CSM alumni for their recent achievements:

-Annie Sutten '78 retired from CSM after 17 years of service.

-Briley Gillingham ‘23 and Ricky Stillwell ’22 welcomed a son on April 13. Baby Stillwell’s maternal grandparents are also CSM alums, Laura Gillingham ’12 and Brian Gillingham ’15.

-Christina Payne '99 is started a new position as chief people officer at Precise Systems.  

-Dr. Larisa Pfeiffer '20 successfully defended her dissertation to obtain a doctorate in Community College Leadership from Ferris State University. 

-Dr. Lisa Romano Arnold '93 started a new position as associate vice president of Community College Partnerships at University of the People.

-Elizabeth Braziel '21 started a new position as a mechanical engineer at Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD)

-Michelle DeSoto '10 was promoted to deputy director of Charles County's Economic Development Department.

-Natalie Cotton '10 was named to the board of directors of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce.

-Rachel Marino '22 was named to the Dean's List for the spring 2023 semester at University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC).  

-Tyler Potts ’19 and teammate won the Middle Atlantic Section, PGA of America Northern Chapter Pro-Pro.


Got news? Share it with us at alumni@csmd.edu.

CSM Alums Named 2023 Women to Watch

Three CSM alums were named as 2023 Women to Watch by APG Media of the Chesapeake!

Join us in congratulating these extraordinary women: 
Brooke Brown Fritz ’15
Jennifer Raley ’04
Kelly Robertson-Slagle ’95


32nd Annual CSM Foundation Golf Classic and Sip & Swing
August 10, 2023
Swan Point Yacht and Country Club 

For more events, please visit www.csmd.edu/Calendar

Help A Hawk Fund

No student should have to choose between affording to live and affording to learn.

The Help A Hawk Fund was established to provide aid to students experiencing financial hardship due to sudden or unexpected circumstances that impact their ability tp remain in school. This initiative began in March 2020 as the Student Emergency Fund in response to the negative impact of COVID-19, and it has been gaining momentum ever since!

Gifts of every size, contributed by people like you, will help change the lives of CSM students. Your support will assist potential leaders and CSM students working toward degrees, certificates, or the mastery of a new skill set.

Our Mission

The CSM Foundation serves as the fundraising arm of the college connecting donors and regional partners in support of our students, faculty, programs, and community by cultivating relationships and stewarding assets consistent with our donors' intent.

Our Vision

Transform the lives of our students and enrich our community.

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