Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of CSM

Building on its rich history, the College of Southern Maryland has a promising and exciting future ahead.

Our story began when the Charles County Junior College was established as part of the continuing expansion of the community college in America. At its inception in 1958, the college was governed by the Charles County Board of Education, with the first classes conducted at La Plata High School in the evenings. The Friendly Hall Campus, which is now the La Plata Campus, was established in 1968. The college expanded its services to St. Mary’s County in 1978 and Calvert County in 1980.

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60th Anniversary Signature Events During 2018

Antony Zwerdling

Ward Virts Concert Series, Antony Zwerdling
May 13

In celebration of the inauguration of CSM’s fifth president, the final concert of the 2017-18 season will feature Baritone Antony Zwerdling with a reception to follow.

Benny Morgan Recital Series

Benny C. Morgan Recital Series, CSM Faculty Showcase
May 18

Following the reception, in celebration of the inauguration of CSM’s fifth president, the final recital of the series will be a faculty showcase at 8 p.m. at the Leonardtown Campus.


Dr. Murphy

Inauguration of CSM President Dr. Maureen Murphy
May 22

We will honor Dr. Maureen Murphy on May 22, 2018, 1-2 p.m., at the Fine Arts Center Theatre on the College of Southern Maryland’s La Plata Campus. A reception will follow in the inner courtyard.

Honors Convocation
May 23

CSM celebrates its 2018 Spring Honors Reception as part of the Commencement events.

Spring Commencement
May 24

CSM honors Spring 2018 graduates on the Administration (AD) Building Lawn.


Chautauqua: Seeking Justice
July 10, 11, 12

Chautauqua 2018 honors a continuing search for justice with three characters: Frederick Douglass, an abolitionist and orator; Eleanor Roosevelt, a first lady and human rights advocate; and Thurgood Marshall, a civil rights activist and first African American Supreme Court Justice.


27th Annual CSM Foundation Golf Classic
August 9

Our tournament is a signature event for CSM, raising more than $700K for our students and college programs. Your participation as a sponsor or golfer will help provide educational opportunities that will transform our community and impact our students and families. This year is a milestone for CSM as we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the college!


Southern Maryland Blue Crabs

CSM 60th Birthday Bash at the Blue Crabs Stadium, presented by CSM Alumni & Friends Connection
September 14

Save the date! This event will be held in the Legends Club at Regency Furniture Stadium during the SOMD Blue Crabs vs. New Britain Bees baseball game.


60th Birthday Celebration, All Campuses
September 17 – 19

Celebrate the college’s 60th birthday at each of our Fall Fests!

60th Diamond Deacde Mania

CSM Foundation presents
Diamond Decade Mania: Celebrating 60 Years
September 29

Throwback through the decades and celebrate the College’s 60th anniversary with us, featuring rockin’ music, cool drinks, tasty food, and a little mania!


fall festivals

Student Life Fall Festivals

Fall Fest at the Prince Frederick Campus, Monday, September 17, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., John E. Harms Academic Center (Building A), Lobby, Prince Frederick Campus
Fall Fest at the La Plata Campus, Wednesday, September 19, 11:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m., HT Lawn, La Plata Campus
Fall Festival at the Leonardtown Campus, Wednesday September 19, 12 – 4 p.m., Great Lawn, Leonardtown Campus

Connections Literary Series
October 5

Celebrate the 60th Anniversary as we open the Fall Connections series. More details to come.

Ward Virts Concert Series

Ward Virts Concert Series Event
October 14

The 2018-19 opening concert for the season will celebrate the college’s 60th anniversary. More details to come.

Students thanking donors

Giving Tuesday
November 27

Be part of the gratitude movement on this worldwide day of giving. Join the CSM Foundation to celebrate #GivingTuesday and count yourself among the more than 300 advocates, champions, and donors that will invest today and transform tomorrow.