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Forty students to graduate from College of Saint Mary on Dec. 12

Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020

OMAHA, NEB. – College of Saint Mary will graduate 40 students during Winter Commencement on Saturday, Dec. 12th. They include one associate’s degree, 18 bachelor’s degrees, 18 master’s degrees, and three doctoral degrees.

Baccalaureate Mass will begin at 5 p.m. in Our Lady of Mercy Chapel. Final Commencement will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Lied Fitness Center. Vernetta Boston Kosalka ’03, M’07 will deliver the commencement address. 

Vernetta graduated in 2003 with a degree in business administration and in 2007 with a master’s in organizational leadership. She anticipates earning her doctorate in educational leadership (Ed.D). from CSM in May 2021. Originally from Charleston, SC, Vernetta lives in Omaha with her husband, Michael, and their daughter Victoria, 10, and son James, 8.

Vernetta owns The Wedding Planner Omaha, LLC, and specializes in events, wedding planning, and design. She is also a manager at Metropolitan Community College and an adjunct professor for both credit and non-credit courses. Vernetta is also one of 34 alumnae volunteer co-chairs who are leading CSM’s Striding Forward Capital Campaign.

*All attending will be required to wear a mask. CSM will provide masks for those who don’t have one. Currently Nebraska allows 25% capacity for indoor gatherings. CSM will continue to follow the government mandates; as of now the university will allow each graduate to bring two guests. This allows plenty of space to distance family groups, students, stage guests, and faculty. For more information on safety guidelines and general info on Winter 2020 Commencement, visit

College of Saint Mary has been educating leaders since 1923. Founded for women by the Sisters of Mercy, CSM is a thriving Catholic university that provides access to affordable education. CSM fosters potential and leadership through academic excellence, scholarship and lifelong learning. The University offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in many of today’s highest-paying, in-demand fields, including physician assistant studies, occupational therapy, nursing, science, education, business and legal studies.

CSM offers its student body an enriching collegiate experience that includes competitive athletics and a wide range of fine arts opportunities. A member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC), CSM Flames student-athletes field teams in 11 competitive sports: basketball, soccer, softball, volleyball, bowling, competitive dance, golf, swimming, tennis, cross country and track and field. Fine arts play a large role in rounding out an academic experience, and CSM provides students with the opportunity to continue their passion for music, art and drama.

Located in the heart of Omaha, home of four Fortune 500 companies, CSM’s 40-acre campus is adjacent to Aksarben Village’s vibrant and bustling retail and entertainment space, as well as Baxter Arena. CSM is minutes from world-class attractions such as the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, Joslyn Art Museum, Lauritzen Gardens and CenturyLink Center Omaha.

To learn more about College of Saint Mary, see or contact Kyle Semprini, Director of Communications & Public Relations. 402-399-2407 • ksemprini [at] ()