CSM Celebrates 11th Winter Commencement

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The College of Southern Maryland  recognized 376 candidates for degrees and certificates during its 11th Winter Commencement Jan. 14 at the La Plata Campus, with keynote speaker Mayo Shattuck III, chairman of the board, president and CEO of Constellation Energy.

“What makes our graduates so special is that they have completed their studies while juggling so many other responsibilities: most work, many are raising a family and virtually all are contributing in some fashion to make their communities better,” said CSM President Dr. Brad Gottfried as he welcomed the family and friends gathered to celebrate
137 of the graduates who participated in the evening ceremony. “They’ve all made sacrifices-sacrifices that add up to a
better future.”

CSM awarded 352 associate degrees and 172 certificates: 44 percent of the students receiving awards are from Charles County, 30 percent are from St. Mary’s County, and 23 percent are from Calvert County; 3 percent are from outside of the region.

Of the graduates, 75 percent are female and 25 percent are male. Associate degrees were awarded predominantly in the fields of general studies, nursing and business administration. Certificates were awarded predominately in the areas of general studies: transfer, and advanced and basic accounting. The ages of this winter’s graduate and certificate recipients ranged from 18 to 65.


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