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On May 25, 2018, over 250 CSM graduates and their loved ones crowded CSM’s gymnasium for the best-attended commencement ceremonies in recent history. This milestone in their lives will pay off professionally, personally and financially for them as they are being prepared for the jobs of today and the careers of tomorrow.

The year culminated on May 25 with CSM’s 96th annual Commencement, when graduates, friends and families gathered in the gymnasium to celebrate years of hard work and academic achievement. Graduates heard from keynote speaker Boryana Straubel, a CSM grad who now heads a charitable foundation.

This year, 522 tax returns were prepared and 502 were e-filed during 7 class meetings by 25 students. The students were assisted by 25 experienced volunteers who answered questions and reviewed every return that was completed. CSM has e-filed the most returns of any VITA site in San Mateo County for the past two years.

Students in CSM’s Digital Media department have created a brand new digital radio station. The new station, KDOG (a play off CSM’s Bulldog mascot), is streaming online, 24/7, at

Shuai was the only finalist to qualify for and win the Grand Prize. The national grand 7 prize for the qualified individual with the high total score is a $3000 scholarship to go toward the continuation of his or her education at an accredited four-year institution.

College of San Mateo career education programs have again earned numerous awards from the California Community College’s Strong Workforce Stars recognition program. CSM’s career education programs won one Gold Star, two Silver Stars, and eight Bronze Stars for success in helping students reach new heights in earning power and social mobility.

Boryana Straubel Graduated from CSM in 2008 with an associate’s degree in liberal studies with President’s Honors and transferred to University of California, Berkeley, graduating with a BA in economics in 2010. She says, “My time at CSM was transformational and life-changing.”

College of San Mateo has developed the Year One Promise—a program that removes the financial stress while providing important tools for having a successful first year of college. The Year One Promise combines a full scholarship, up to $750 for books, and a dedicated counselor who will work with each student to make an education plan. So far, over 800 students have completed a Year One Promise application.

Several hundred high school students, parents, siblings and friends from local schools packed the Bay View Dining Room at CSM on April 19, for the popular annual Connect to College event.

Five years ago, CalCPA implemented the Campus Ambassador Program for students attending four-year schools in an effort to support their studies and secure a stronger transition into the accounting profession. This year, CalCPA expanded the program with an experiment. It selected two community colleges to adopt the Campus Ambassador Program.