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 60 years ago 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







  • September 14: CSM 60th Birthday Bash at the Blue Crabs Stadium, presented by CSM Alumni & Friends Connection
  • September 17:  60th Birthday Celebration, All Campuses
  • September 29: CSM Foundation “Celebrating the Decades” Event
  • Student Life Fall Festivals


  • October 5: Connections Literary Series, featuring Award-winning Poet Aracelis Girmay
  • October 14: Ward Virts Concert Series Event



  • December 13: CSM Holiday Reception