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: November 1-3, 2019

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!

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 7th & 8th

The Kids and Sibs Weekend is a great event for the whole family, especially younger siblings, cousins and friends. Special focus and activities are created for the younger future "Cardinals." They will have a blast and so will you!

Check-in will be held on Friday, February 7th from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm. in the Rotunda/Student Center (#41 on SVSU Campus Map (PDF) (197KB) ).  Activities will begin Friday and go throughout the evening on Saturday.  Don't wait - Pre-register online now.  

All registrants will receive:

  • K&S T-Shirt (limited supply)
  • Kids and Sibs wristband that will provide them free admission to the Ryder Center (with completed Ryder Center Waiver) and discounts in the bookstore...and specialty items.

A sample of the activities offered can be viewed from the Kids and Sibs Agenda 2019. 

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.