Retired Seventh Circuit Court Judge Theresa A. Nolan To Offer CSM Spring Commencement Address

a:10:{i:0;s:474:"The College of Southern Maryland’s “Campaign for the Next 50 Years: Envision the Potential-Make a Difference” fundraising campaign received the gold paragon award and national recognition from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations March 17 in Kansas City. Coinciding with the college’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2008

The College of Southern Maryland will celebrate its 50th spring commencement at its La Plata Campus May 14. Retired Judge of the Seventh Judicial Circuit of Maryland Theresa A. Nolan will provide the commencement address.

Nolan, a lifelong resident of Prince George’s County, served as Judge of the Seventh Judicial Circuit of Maryland from June 1997 until her retirement in July 2000. Prior to that, Nolan served 12 years as a Judge of the District Court of Maryland. During her judicial career Nolan focused in the areas of gender equality and domestic violence. In her work as a jurist and an educator of paralegals, she has worked to guarantee equal treatment under the law and to help create a fair and accessible judicial system.

Nolan began her legal career as a legal secretary in Upper Marlboro, entering college when the youngest of her 11 children was 2 years old. Throughout her college and law school education, she continued to work full time to help support her family. Nolan served as a law clerk in the Prince George’s County Office of Law and entered private practice upon her admission to the bar. She served as a Master for Domestic Relations Causes in Prince George’s County from 1980 until her appointment to the District Court in 1985.

The first woman elected president of the Prince George’s County Bar Association, Nolan also served as district director of District 4 of the National Association of Women Judges.

A recipient of the 1986 Business and Professional Woman of the Year award and recognition as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women for 1998, Nolan has been an instructor in the paralegal programs at the University of Maryland University College, Prince George’s Community College and the United States Department of Agriculture.

After retirement Nolan started a mediation business. She resides in Annapolis.

CSM’s graduation activities include an Honors Convocation at 6 p.m., May 13 on the front lawn of the Administration Building to recognize students with academic honors. Rain location is in the Physical Education (PE) Building. A nurses’ recognition program begins at 1 p.m., May 14 in the PE Building, followed by a reception in the Center for Business and Industry (BI), Room BI-113.

The college’s 50th Spring Commencement Ceremony will begin at 6 p.m., May 14 on the Administration Building front lawn with a reception to follow in BI Building, Room BI-113. The rain location is the PE Building. For information, call 301-934-7765 or 301-870-2309, 240-725-5499 or 443-550-6199, Ext. 7765 or visit


CSM Spring Graduation Ceremony. May 14, 6 p.m., College of Southern Maryland, Administration Building, front lawn, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. Join CSM students, faculty and staff at their 50th spring commencement ceremony. Reception to follow in the Center for Business and Industry Building, Room BI-113. Rain location, PE Building. 301-934-2251 Ext. 7508 or 310-870-2309, Ext. 7508 or



The College of Southern Maryland 50th Spring Commencement

May 14, 6 p.m.

Administration Building, Front Lawn

Rain location, PE Building

8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata, Md.

301-934-2251 Ext. 7508 or 310-870-2309, Ext. 7508, or