CSM Celebrates 48th Spring Commencement


College Honors More Than 15,000 Graduates During Ceremony

The College of Southern Maryland had 391 candidates for degrees and certificates during its 48th spring commencement ceremony. Family and friends gathered to celebrate the 196 participants in the ceremony held May 24 on the lawn of the Administration Building at the La Plata Campus. With this graduating class, the college celebrated its awarding of degrees or certificates to more than 15,000 graduates in its nearly 50-year history.

At the 2007 spring commencement, CSM awarded 382 associate degrees and 149 certificates. Of the candidates for graduation, 73 percent were female; 44 percent were from Charles County, 28 percent from St. Mary's County and 23 percent from Calvert County; 5 percent were from outside of the Southern Maryland region.

Associate degrees were awarded predominantly in the fields of nursing, general studies and business administration. Most of the certificates were awarded in the areas of general studies – transfer, and advanced and basic accounting. The ages of this spring's recipients ranged from 18 to 67.

CSM's youngest graduate this spring is 18-year-old Jennifer Davis of Hughesville. Davis chose CSM after graduating from a high school distance learning program in 2005. “I didn't feel like I was ready to go to a four-year institution yet. CSM was affordable, close to home, and it gave me the opportunity to test the waters before moving away,” said the recent first-place winner in the National Society of Arts and Letters' Career Awards Competition.

Davis, who received an associate degree in art, prefers realism. She likes drawing and painting, and especially enjoys working in watercolor. “My instructors were great, especially Dr. Jarvis and Professor Venne, who taught me history and art, respectively. I liked history before, but Dr. Jarvis made it so much fun that I even loved writing essays. Likewise, Mr. Venne was so encouraging and open-minded about art. He encouraged me to play around with different media and I grew more confident in my own abilities,” said Davis, whose future goals include earning a master's degree in art and becoming a professor of drawing or painting.

Other graduates included Brad Combs, 22, of Chaptico, who is the first graduate of the college's new sports management degree program. “I have been a sports fanatic my entire life – games, stats, memorabilia, the whole nine yards. I have always liked the idea of being at the top of a career field that I love, so for me getting to stay in the tri-county area and working as a sports director with a local team or recreation center would be ideal,” “said Combs, who originally attended CSM to become a high school teacher and currently works as a substitute teacher at Chopticon High School.

“Right now, I think I have an edge in dealing with the students. I am close to their age and I have connections with their family and friends so I probably get a little more respect from the students than some other subs. But, while I like teaching, it is not something I can see myself having the patience to do for 30-plus years,” said Combs.

Student Government Association's Executive Board member Nancy Wickham, 23, of Lusby, received two associate's degrees and a certificate as well as earned the college's academic excellence award of highest honors (GPA of 3.9-4.0).

Recipient of the SGA President's Cup, Wickham has demonstrated her outstanding leadership and effort to improve the quality of student life on CSM's campuses, especially the Prince Frederick Campus where she attended. Wickham helped organize an array of extra-curricular and co-curricular activities for the student association including a Campus Clean Up Day which brought students and faculty together to clear debris and trash from exterior areas of the campus. Wickham also promotes the Cultural Competency Group and various Diversity Office programs. She is a mother and member of Phi Theta Kappa and was named CSM's Student Assistant of the Year in 2006.

The college paused during the ceremony to symbolically recognize the milestone of graduating more than 15,000 students in its history as Dean of Career and Technical Education Ann Smith presented balloons to nursing graduate Kristen McVerry of Charlotte Hall. “This is a special occasion for the College of Southern Maryland. Since the college opened its doors in 1958, there have been over 15,000 graduates and over 100,000 other students who have taken courses at our campuses. We congratulate and salute all of you as we symbolically present our 15,000th graduate,” Smith said.

Already in possession of a bachelor's degree in biology/pre-med from Pfeiffer University, McVerry received an associate's degree in nursing and will be working in the medical-surgery unit at St. Mary's Hospital. She eventually would like to specialize in pediatric oncology work. “I always wanted to go into nursing,” said the 27-year-old who is a cancer survivor, diagnosed with leukemia when she was 7 years old, and who lost her father to pancreatic cancer a week before starting her nursing studies at CSM.

During the nursing recognition ceremony, held earlier in the day, the following students were recognized for their achievements: Patricia Phares of Hollywood received the Academic Achievement in Nursing Award; Janette Nason of Leonardtown was awarded the Achievement in Nursing Award; and Sherri Collins of Mechanicsville received the Clinical Excellence Award.

Other honorees during the commencement ceremony were CSM Board of Trustees Distinguished Service Award recipients Evie and Vince Hungerford. The award is presented to community leaders who donate their time and resources in support of the college.

Evie Hungerford, a native of Charles County and owner of Hungerford Associates Public Relations, has served on the CSM Foundation Board for nine years and has shared her professional expertise with the college by helping the foundation grow into a streamlined fundraising organization that serves CSM's three campuses. With her assistance, projects such as the construction of the St. Charles Children's Learning Center at CSM and the creation of the Full Circle Donor Recognition Program have been made possible. She served as the CSM Foundation Board chair from 2003 through 2005.

Vince Hungerford works as a military contractor, a local business advocate and member of the Western Charles County Business Association, recognized for its enhancement of the business community within Charles County and its continual support of the college.

The Hungerfords were also recognized for their active support of the regional art scene and their establishment of a CSM endowment fund in honor of their late son, Tony. In tribute, the college's Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery provides a place for students and local artists to display their work for community viewing.

To date, the Hungerfords have donated more than $40,000 to the CSM Foundation in support of the college's art, technology, athletic, scholarship and childcare center projects.

The Faculty Excellence Award was presented to Sociology Professor Dr. Maria I. Bryant by Faculty Senate President Ron Brown. This award is peer-nominated and presented to a faculty member who demonstrates instructional excellence and a commitment to the college/community, and who strives for professional development. Bryant, who has taught at CSM for 17 years, was recognized for her commitment to providing her students with the tools they need to thoughtfully engage in conversations about societal issues that affect them, their families and their community.

“Dr. Bryant truly represents the standards of the Faculty Senate Excellence in Teaching Award with her outstanding encouragement of learning in the classroom and her high quality contributions to the college, her academic discipline and the community,” said Brown.

In addition to her numerous teaching and committee duties at the college, Bryant is a member of American Sociological Association and Sociologists for Women in Society. She is the author of the book “Teaching Sociology in the Community College” and six modules about “Gender Equality and Career Selection” “for the Maryland State Department of Education's Division of Career and Technology Education's Gender Advisory Council.

The keynote speaker at CSM's commencement ceremony was Dr. Patricia Stanley, deputy assistant secretary in the Office of Vocational and Adult Education for the U.S. Department of Education. Stanley reminded the graduates that while graduation is a symbol that they have reached their goals, “it is an intermediate goal. Commencement means you are starting a new goal.”

At the college's May 23 Honors Convocation, 31 students were recognized for achieving highest honors (3.9-4.0 GPA), 43 for high honors (3.75-3.89 GPA), and 60 for honors (3.5 to 3.74 GPA).

For graduation coverage and photos, visit http://www.csmd.edu/News/MediaResources/07SpringGrad.html.

The following students were recognized as candidates for associate's degrees or certificates at the 48th spring commencement ceremony for the College of Southern Maryland:

Calvert Charles County St. Mary's County Out of Region


Elizabeth A. Buckner

Chesapeake Beach

Michael E. Bland II
Richard P. Dayhoff
Michael R. Getman
Tina Lynn Green
Latoya S. Jones
Jenifer Lee Kirkpatrick
Tiffany Sands


Cathrine Ann Hanna
Jason Denzil Milne
Katheryn Ruth Schwenk


Kelly Robinson Bernado
Eileen P. Cleary
Kelly DeBoard
Sarah Deacon
Jacob M. Dobbin
Roger Eugene Edwards Jr.
Kelly Anna Elliton
Tracy L. Evers
Justin Michael Faulkner
Suzanne L. Hall
Amy Lynn Lombardo
Melissa Anne Lowry
Paula Christine Marinelli
Maile Michelle McCrory
Terry Lynn McKeaver
Katherine Elizabeth McKoy
Jacquelyn Karen Parsons
Laura Petrillo
Michelle Leigh Pickens
James M. Skyrm Jr.
Michelle Lynn Smith
Nancy B. Wilson


Charlethia Yvette Awkward
Maria Ellana Ayme'
Michael A. Bachelder
Ute Borland
Michael Dylan Conatser
Kathleen Marie Dillon
Lindy Jill Forrest
Shelley Christine Hall
George W. Holly
Roy Viggo Iversen
Tucksandra Jones
Tabitha Lee Jones
Elizabeth K. Kegley
Tania C. Lass
Ilana R. Miller
Barbara Ashton Milling
Amy Joanne Nice
April Layne Pavis
Michael W. Sharp
Marilyn Lorriane Torney
Nancy D. Wickham
Sean R. Wiseman
Lisa M. Wissemann
Michael Jason Zeltwanger

North Beach

Susan M. Caseau


John Lansdale Etchison III
Julie Ann Griffith
Jenna Hatfield
Katherine Marie Hawkins
Daniel Benjamin Heaney
Alex F. Humm
Jessica Nicole Hunter
O'Ryan Regidor-Case
Leslie A. Thorne
Michael S. Voelling
Meagan K. Warner

Port Republic

Danielle N. May

Prince Frederick

Tabitha L. Jones
Jesse Wayne Atchison
Eric Michael Krouse
Bethany K. Lea
Barbara Joan Lester
Ashley Loubert
Joan C. Mackall
Christopher B. McDonald
Brianna Celeste Mills
Amanda Jean Morgan
Lindsay Carice Owen
Christina Nicole Randall
Mark Vincent Roper
Christopher Lewis Stewart

Saint Leonard

Christina Elizabeth Bowie
Amanda D. Cipriani
Benjamin M. Dishong
Robert Steven Garcia
William Robert Gregory
Wendy L. Kilbourne
Kellie Vachiel Little
Dawn Michelle Nickerson
Ruth Marie Shenberger
Stephen William Theders
Blair F. Bowen
Aundrea M. Lawton
Jodi L. Posey


Sonya Ranee Boyle-De Guzman
Alina Caleap
Candlist S. Milcarzyk


Susan Faye Windsor

Bryans Road

Erica Veronica Bratcher
Elizabeth Anne Gmaz
Ana L. Rivas


Denise C. Shaw
Wanda Michelle Thomas

Charlotte Hall

Nicole L. Goode
Kristen Marie McVerry


Annette Tiffany Piffner


Christopher Barrows
Dawnita Shada Leigh
Jessica Carole Nutter
Brian Lee Padgett

Indian Head

Amanda Mae Andritz
Alyssa M. Delaney
Shalita L. Dixon
Shenequa Nicole Fountain
Rebekah June Lockwood
Elizabeth Ann Moore
Katie Murphy-Dorsey
Matthew Clyde Smith
Bonnie Michael Snyder
Lindsey R. Wood
Marilee J. Wright

La Plata

Mary Foluke Ajose
Jenifer L. Alban
Alicia Lanette Alderson
Constance Elaine Anderson
Sarah Delores Anderson
Mary Constance Bivens
Keyonna M. Clark
Jennifer Lynn Coxen
Ashlee Jai Dull
Justin Ray Gamble
Katlin M. Goddard
Alison M. Gugliotta
David Ross Hupp
Katie Irwin
Christopher William Jones
Cheryl Anne Kitts
Lisa K. Laclair
Donna Gail Mayson-Strickland
David Glenn McAfee
Kaitlin M. McBride
Mary Ellen Myers
Robert D. Nevitt
Lalita Patahak
Julie Ann Studds
Jeremy Gerell Taylor
Stephen M. Trice
Emily Ann Valcarcel
Lisa Jean Ward-Gartner
Ronda Maria Waugh
Mary Anne Yates
Lisa Marie Young


Stephanie Gwen Bowie
Amber Lynn Breeden
Seth Buehler
Tara Hock
Susan Marie Tanner


Falin Nicole Beall
Kimberly Holt
Jennifer L. Shlegle


Amanda Mae Andritz
Tiffany Lorraine Kalin


Matthew Kyle Berringer
Eric Michael Berringer
Stanley John Riley Jr.

Port Tobacco

Amanda Pauline Daugherty
Carol Sprague
Tara Marchant Weaver


Timothy Paul Adler
Ambrose Levi Anderson
Cecilmartin Anyanwu
Doris A. Ball
Stephanie Michelle Law Barreto
Susan Elizabeth Dion Bingham
Gloria Meredith Blackwell
Kendra Renee' Bracey
Holly Anne Bryant
Michael Jordan Bullock
Stacie Bunker
Scott E. Cameron
Jacob Stephen Campbell
Andre R. Campbell
Lana J. Cassidy-Archila
Dominic Ciccarello
Amber Conway
Misty Dawn T. Coxen
Jessica N. Davis
Angela N. Detamore
Nicole Jade Donmore
Erin Nichole Dudley
Erika Joy Edwards
Joshua Allen Elllis
Mary Amanda Estevez
Charlene F. Falken
Shari Flowers-Sweeney
Jason L. Forbes
Michele Leigh Fox
Crystal Latrece Franklin
Sharquita Goldring
Kourtney Margo Haggins
Galen O'Neil Hall
LaVerne E. Hicks
Tana Marie Hill
Barbara Ann Horton
Michael D. Istvan
Wonsuk Jang
Dawn E. Johnson
John Patrick Jones
John Ross Joyce
Rebecca Lynn Lane Istvan
Sheila L. Le Claire
Addie Lorraine Leonard
Kristy Anna MacRobbie
Brenda McKnight
Nadia N. McLeese
Michelle Irmine Mitchell
Julie Nicole Monn
Dennis H. Moore
Joanna Leigh Mullis
Lauren Mary Myett
James C. O'Brien
Carmen Alicia Meredith Owens
Andrew Xavier Pinto
Joy Michelle Posey
Brandon T. Reagan
Orlando A. Rillera
Tricia M. Roberson
Summer Rouff
Rosanna Marie Rudisill
Shahnaz F. Saifudin
Matthew M. Smith
Daralynn K Spann
James Russell Steinhauser
Frances Bernadette Sterling
Marlies M.E. Stevens
Jamie Alyse Tarbox
Marquita Yvette Thompson
Sherona Nicole Thompson
Valerie Lynn Trefry
Christina Lauren Trefry
Delfina Trevizo
Laranda Riche' Tyson
Maria-Goretti Ngozi Uzoukwu
Cassandra Racela Wallio
Monica Weaver
Thomas Edward Yarbrough


Jamie Lynn Bowie
Valerie Leigh Maddox
Rachel Nunziata Moore
Monica A. Viars

White Plains

Christina K. Ames
Patricia Aileen Cobb
Daphne Dee Ellwanger
Emily Gomez
Christopher Patrick Hair
Michele L. Malinowski
Sarah Elizabeth Ross


Anna M. Dix
Kimberly Nichole Murphy


Kimberly Jane Johnson
Elysa Anne Montfort
Melissa Ann Schonfeld


Angell A. Baxley
Brandy Nicole Birch
Allan Robert Bowling
Brina A. Long
Rebecca Ann Lowe
Jesica Linn McLane
Leslie Russell Pearson
Christopher Bryant Shepard
Johanna Ramos Shriver
Brian Alexander Simpson


Melissa A. Heard

Charlotte Hall

Jimmy Lee Rose, Jr.


Rachael Guy
Tiffany Julia Kleist


Barrett Paige Johnson


Mary-Patrick Ball
Amanda Rose Berkin
Jennifer Sue Elizabeth Riffle

Great Mills

Yulissa M. Brown
Candace Nicole Johnson
Jeanne Marie Lout
Margaret Sue Thompson
CherylAnn Toner
Melvin Charles Yost Jr.


Jacqueline Alexandra Bailey
Gene Michael Bowles
Melissa Dulaney
Kevin Richard Frederick
Tiffany L. Garner
Lisa A. Lawrence
Jimmy Yan Lee
Christina Nickle
Richard W. Nueslein III
Patricia Ann Phares
Sheila Marie Readmond
Sharon Faith Triszczuk


Shelita Antoinette Battle
M. Carlotta Bell
Julia Marilie Hampton
Robert James Hayward Jr.
Jacob Hundert
Dianne Lisa Mathis
Candace Marie McKay
Allison Leigh Mehaffey
Janette Nicole Nason
Felicia Marie Ollom
Carolyn S. Leslie

Lexington Park

Estelle Marie D'Acquisto
Pierre Bonguen
Catherine Marie Carter
Jamie Y. Charette
Peggy Ann Crim
Davena Drury
Ashlee N. Forehand
Lori Ann Haizlip
Jason M. Ham
Hui Huang
Esther Anne Kelley
Katie M. Knott
Machel Melanie Page
Trina M. Shipley
Edward Joseph Stachyra
Deborah D. Therrien
Tammy M. Weiland


Sade Nicole Frederick


Rene Sibyl Johnson
Danielle L. Atwood
Kimberly Ann Bannister
Mary V. Barnes
Kevin James Butler
Sherri Valentine Collins
Erin Reid Coonradt
Lara Dawn Cordell
Angela Covolo
Jessica M. Howard
Bryan Patrick Guy
Stacey Lyn Hill
Dana Suzanne Hilton
Lisa Hunter
Jessica Lynn Knott
Jessica Candace Malcom
Michelle Lee Martin
Mary B. Miller
Virginia Mary-Teresa Newton
Douglas A. Owen
Roxann L. Porter
Daniel Joseph Ross
Timothy F. Rourke
Kevin Charles Taylor
Gary Alston Thompson Jr.
Eric Allen Variz
Brian Michael Whittington
Lisa Marie Young

Patuxent River

Leisa R. Barrett
Renaldo Montell Jackson
Jomile R. Williams


Heather Renee Koegel

St. Inigoes

Courtney Elizabeth Antemann

Tall Timbers

Lynn Hammett
Lori R. Windsor

Valley Lee

Christopher Allen Wilcox

Prince George's County

Andrews Air Force Base

Matthew K. Rowell


Kehinde Adedoyin Adebayo
Walter A. Mason Jr.
Denise R. Phillips


Geneth Yano Johnson
Melanie LeAnn Richards
William T. Watson


Tameyka E. Williams


Elizabeth Helena Unkle

Fort Washington

Mark Nyamekye Cunningham
Bethann Denise Davis
Michael J. Momb
Katrina Antoinette Tabb
Charlena W. Young


Abiodun Joseph Sofela

Upper Marlboro

Temeika N. Jackson

Anne Arundel County

Melissa Sue Garner


Kimberly Nicole Garner

Columbia, Md.

Mark Bennett Cummings

Out of State

Dahlgren, Va.

Sarah Jane Rudder

Fairfax, Va.

Elizabeth Marie Quinn

Washington, D.C.

Dana Jenkins Freeland

Vero Beach, Fla.

Laura Taylor

Albuquerque, NM

Lisa Marie Smith


April A. Bagwell-Brown