Attention, Future Graduates!

Did you know graduation isn't automatic?

Before you can graduate (regardless if you're participating in the commencement ceremony), you must apply in one of the following ways:

Upcoming Deadline to Apply for Graduation: 

  • Summer: August 1 (Students have option to participate in Winter ceremony)

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You are invited to
Spring 2020 Virtual Commencement
May 29, 2020 at 11 a.m.

Add to Calendar 05/29/2020 11:00 AM 05/29/2020 12:00 PM America/New_York Spring 2020 Virtual Commencement Ceremony Join us May 29, 2020, at 11 a.m. at or on Facebook (CollegeofSouthernMaryland) for our Spring 2020 Virtual Commencement Ceremony Online at and on Facebook

On May 29, please visit the official Commencement page ( Just like our traditional in-person ceremony, our online commencement will include formal remarks from administration, faculty, and a graduating student. In addition, each graduate will be recognized with an official slide—personalized with a photo and a message or quote.

Graduation and Commencement are momentous occasions, and current public health conditions won’t negate all your hard work and accomplishments. That is why, this year, CSM’s Spring Commencement Ceremony will be held virtually. On May 29, check back to this page (!

Just like our traditional in-person ceremony, our online commencement will include formal remarks from administration, faculty, and a graduating student. There is also an opportunity for each graduate to submit a personalized slide which will be posted on our official event site and shareable to your family and friends.

In addition to viewing this page, please join the community on May 29 at 11 a.m. for a Facebook watch party through the CSM Facebook page (@CollegeOfSouthernMaryland). Post messages of support for our graduates on Facebook and Instagram, and make sure to use #CSMGrad2020 and tag the college (@CollegeOfSouthernMaryland).

Celebrating Graduation

We often think that a graduation ceremony marks the end of a journey. But the true definition of commencement is “beginning.” Together, we will celebrate the beginning of each new adventure our graduates pursue. During this challenging time we have some tips how you can celebrate:

  • HOST a commencement watch party on May 29 where everyone dresses up, watches the online ceremony and poses for pictures as a family.
  • GATHER - Although we’re apart, join the CSM community virtually for a college-wide Facebook watch party of a special message, May 29 at 11 a.m. on the CSM Facebook Page (@CollegeOfSouthernMaryland).
  • Graduation cap decorated with "The best is yet to come"ENGAGE FRIENDS AND FAMILY through a video chat or have extended family on speaker phone to add to the celebratory atmosphere.
  • SHARE YOUR STORY – You've been waiting for this moment... tell us about your journey as a CSM student, tag us on Facebook or Instagram (@CollegeOfSouthernMaryland) and use #CSMGrad2020.
  • HATS OFF - Share a photo of your decorated grad cap and inspiration for earning your degree #CSMGrad2020.
  • MOVE THE TASSEL - Create a video of you moving your tassel and share your personalized graduate slide from the ceremony with #CSMGrad2020.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get my diploma and/or transcript?

Your diploma or certificate will be mailed to the address listed on your graduation application.  Diplomas will be mailed to students within four weeks of the ceremony.

Transcripts are not updated with graduation status until approximately two weeks following the ceremony.   Please visit: for an official message indicating they have been updated and can be ordered.

Replacement diplomas can be ordered on the transcript page as well.  Please note: all accounts must be current in order to receive a diploma or transcript.

What requirements do I need to graduate with Honors?

There are three levels of honors awarded at the completion of degrees or certificates.

  • Highest honors – a cumulative grade point average of 3.9 to 4.
  • High honors – a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 to 3.89
  • Honors – a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 to 3.74

Students must have earned at least one-half of their degree or certificate credits at CSM in order to be eligible for honors. The honors designation is recorded on the transcript and eligible students will be given an honor cord to wear at the ceremony.

What are the qualifications for graduation?

To qualify as a candidate for a degree or certificate, students must complete all courses required in the curriculum.  Unless required courses have been officially waived, all students must meet the course requirements of their program to graduate.

To graduate, students must pass all courses required in their curriculum and must have a grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 for all work at the college.  AAT students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and a copy of their PRAXIS scores must be on file with CSM.

Don’t I just graduate automatically when I have finished my requirements?

When should I apply to graduate?

Students should apply for graduation when they are in their last semester of classes.  Please refer to the Important Dates for deadlines.  All associate, certificate, and LOR candidates are eligible for graduation.  LOR (Letters of Recognition) recipients do not participate in the ceremony.

What happens if I do not successfully complete all the credits I need for my degree after I apply to graduate?

You will be notified after the ceremony that you did not satisfy your requirements and you may apply again as soon as you register for your remaining classes.