Commencement at College of San Mateo - Overview


Commencement is a significant and memorable event that symbolizes a student's scholastic accomplishment. It is a time when the faculty, attired in academic dress, pays tribute to the graduating class, and is also an occasion that is very meaningful to family and friends.

College of San Mateo celebrated its 97th Commencement Ceremony and the Class of 2019 on May 24.

It was attended by approximately 2000 people and the keynote speaker was:

Mr. Alfredo Aguirre, LCSW

     CSM Alumnus, Class of 1973
     Director of Behavioral Health Services of San Diego County (Retired)
     2008 Mental Health Person of the Year
     2011 Hope Award
     2014 National Alliance on Mental Illness California Outstanding Mental Health Director
     2019 Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of County
               Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Directors                            
The Class of 2020 graduation ceremony will be on Friday, May 22 at 5:30 p.m. in the Building 8.  All graduates approved by Admissions and Records will receive a letter in early April with registration and cap&gown purchase information.