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Annual Events

Fresh Start Weekend: August 23rd - 27th

We welcome our new Cardinals to the nest with Fresh Start Weekend. The weekend kicks-off our Freshmen SVSU experience with move-in for residential students, Fresh Start Orientation, and informational sessions. Additionally, there will be events to welcome back all Cardinals including a free movie showing, part-time job fair, entertainment, bookstore sales, and more! Check out our brochure for more information: Fresh Start Weekend Guide (867KB).

Welcome Weeks: August 28th - September 14th

Welcome Weeks are the continuation of Fresh Start Weekend with engaging events and activities for all students to participate in during the first few weeks of the fall semester.

Family Weekend: October 28th - 29th

Family Weekend is a highlight of the fall semester, giving families of students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to experience the hustle and bustle of the SVSU campus at the height of the academic semester. From free entertainment, student performances, crafts and novelties, athletic events and more. The campus is bursting with activity at this time of year!

Let your student be your host as you experience SVSU at its busiest time of year!

Friday, October 28

  • Marshall Fredericks Museum
    11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Women's Soccer v. Ferris State
    1:00 PM
  • Women's Volleyball v. Northern Michigan
    7:00 PM
    Hamilton Gym

Saturday, October 29

  • SVSU Football v. Davenport
    1:00 PM
    Wickes Stadium
  • Women's Volleyball v. Michigan Tech
    4:00 PM
    Hamilton Gym

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Homecoming: October 8th - 14th

Homecoming is especially a great time to be a Cardinal. It’s that special time of year when current students and alumni come together to show their Red Pride. Join us by participating in our Homecoming traditions like: the Student Organization Competition, Homecoming 5K Run, the Annual Lip Sync Competition, Alumni Tailgate, and Homecoming Football game. Download the informational packet here:

Kids and Sibs Weekend: February 17th & 18th 

Kids and Sibs Weekend is an annual event for SVSU Residents to enjoy some time with younger family members. A variety of activities will be put on by different organizations around campus and highlight what SVSU has to offer! Activities are created specifically for our future Cardinals!

Check-in will be held on Friday, February 17th from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm and on Saturday, February 18th from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm in the Student Center Unity Room. Activities will begin on Friday and go through Saturday evening.

Younger family members are invited to stay on campus with their SVSU resident, but we encourage residents to confirm with their roommates first. Registration and more information to come early December!

Pros vs. Joes

In an effort to raise money to fund the Abou Traore Memorial Scholarship, SVSU's Men's & Women's Basketball teams (Pros) take on faculty & staff (Joes) in the annual Pros vs. Joes charity basketball game. Abou Traore was an international student who attended SVSU from 2005 to 2007. Sadly, Abou lost his life in a tragic accident before the start of the Fall 2007 semester. Abou was a pre-med major, whose dream was to return home to his country of Senegal as a doctor. He was preparing to be a Resident Assistant for the 2007-2008 academic year. There will be prizes, good times and a fun game to watch for all who attend!

Streetfest: April 5th

Streetfest is an annual outdoor event for the SVSU Community featuring inflatables, food trucks, a DJ, and much more! Streetfest will take place on April 5th. This event will be focused on raising funds for student scholarships in partner with Forever Red. All of the funds come from sponsorships of SVSU department offices and local businesses.