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2023 Alumni Celebration

SVSU honors seven Distinguished Alumni for their contribution to their workplace and community. Join us as we honor our award recipients with a reception, dinner, and awards presentation.


The Alumni Celebration recognizes SVSU Alumni whose personal and professional achievements have positively affected their community and strongly reflect the values of Saginaw Valley State University. Join us as we honor these alumni who represent the Cardinal Difference. 

There are three types of awards given at the Alumni Celebration event: Distinguished, Veteran, and Young Alumni Awards.

The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to a graduate of SVSU in recognition of distinguished service and accomplishment in any field of human endeavor that enhances the prestige of the University.

The Veteran Alumni Award is presented to an outstanding alum who has served our country with distinction through one of the armed forces and exemplifies their SVSU degree by creating personal and professional successes.

The Young Alumni Award is presented to an alum within 7 years of graduation who has contributed to student and campus life, has a strong affinity for and connection to SVSU, has been recognized for a strong work ethic, and has shown evidence of professional achievement and civic service.

2023 Alumni Award Recipients Videos

Each Alumni Award Recipient sat down to talk about their story, and how attending SVSU played a pivotal role in their lives.


Dr. Karl Rishe

'02 College of Arts and Behavioral Sciences


Terry Lutz

'85, '14 College of Health and Human Services


David Youngstrom

'93 Carmona College of Business


Dr. Christina Dillard Jackson

'98, '01 Veteran Alum



Jill Loftus

'81 College of Education


Dr. Eltaro Hooper

'09, '13 College of Science, Engineering, and Technology


Lauren Legner

'19 Young Alum


View Past Alumni Award Recipients

Know an alum who you think deserves to be recognized for this honor? Nominate them.



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