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    College of Southern Maryland
  Jan 19, 2018
Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Graduation and Academic Achievement

Dean’s List

Students who have earned 12 or more credits at CSM are eligible to be considered for the dean’s list. At the end of the fall, spring, and summer sessions, the Registrar’s Office will publish a list of those full and part-time students who have completed at least six credits during the semester and have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better. The Vice President of Academic Affairs will notify students in writing of their accomplishment. 

Phi Theta Kappa

In recognition of their academic achievement, currently enrolled students who were on the dean’s list the previous semester will be invited to join the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society of the Two-Year College. The college’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa sponsors activities involving scholarship, service, leadership, and fellowship on all three campuses. Every two years, the Phi Theta Kappa national organization selects a topic for honors study, and the college offers a seminar for honors students on the topic. Membership in Phi Theta Kappa enhances students’ opportunities for receiving scholarships when transferring to four-year colleges.

Honors Reception

An annual Honors Reception (held prior to graduation in May) honors those students whose academic work in specific areas of study is meritorious. Each academic division views this event as an opportunity to recognize promising students.

Graduation Honors

There are three levels of honors awarded at the completion of degrees or certificates: highest honors-a cumulative grade point average of 3.9 to 4.0; high honors-a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 to 3.89; and honors-a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 to 3.74.

Students must have earned at least one-half of their degree or certificate credits at CSM in order to be eligible for honors. The honors designation is recorded on the transcript, based on all CSM courses included in the degree or certificate.

Graduation/Commencement Ceremonies

Two graduation ceremonies are held each year on the La Plata Campus for students attending classes at all sites. These ceremonies take place in January and May. All degree and certificate recipients in attendance are recognized. For more information, visit