This month: NDSU Alumni Share Messages Welcoming New Alumni, President Bresciani to Deliver Online Address, Submit Your Nomination for 2021 Alumni Awards, History of the Gates, Supporting Students Now and in the Future, New Alumni Share Memorable NDSU Experiences, Stay Connected with NDSU Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

Congratulations, Class of 2020!

NDSU Alumni Share Messages Welcoming New Alumni

The COVID-19 pandemic may have delayed a graduation ceremony for the class of 2020, but thousands of NDSU graduates will be celebrating their great successes and accomplishments as they move from NDSU students to NDSU alumni.

Share your congratulatory message with them.

NDSU Celebrates Graduates

President Dean L. Bresciani to Deliver Online Address

Tune into Facebook on Saturday, May 16 at 10 a.m. to hear messages from President Bresciani and two 2020 NDSU graduates: Makayla Hackman and Matthew Friedmann.

2020 Commencement Program

Photo: Carol Goodman, Master of Ceremonies & NDSU Foundation Trustee | Evening of Distinction 2018

Now Accepting Alumni Award Nominations

Submit Your Nomination for 2021 Alumni Awards

The NDSU Foundation is now accepting 2021 alumni award nominations. Learn more about each alumni award and submit your nomination. Award recipients are honored at Evening of Distinction, an annual event held in the spring. Self-nominations are not allowed and honorees must accept the award in person.

Photo: Gateway to NDSU campus as it appeared over the years, beginning in 1950

Photo credit: NDSU Archives

NDSU Time Capsule

History of the Gates

NDSU's gateway to campus was constructed thanks to the initiative and efforts of the class of 1912. The roadway ran from the corner of campus to the steps of Old Main until 1950 when it was replaced with a walking path and grassy mall. After a tornado damaged the original gate, the current decorative gate was installed in 1969, with the entryway welded shut. In October of 2001, the gates reopened. Former student body president, Jonas Peterson, said, "The reopening of the gate allows us to embrace our past, celebrate our future, and mark the progress we have made as an institution."

To discover more NDSU history and reminisce about your time at NDSU, like and follow the NDSU Foundation on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Philanthropy in Action

Supporting Students Now and in the Future

Retired NDSU professor and former dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Dr. Thomas J. Riley, knows the pressures facing NDSU students right now. That's why he and his wife, Ann, recently donated to the Student Emergency Fund. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Tom and Ann established a scholarship fund because they know students with financial support are more likely to complete their degrees and successfully graduate.

"NDSU is literally the future of North Dakota. Young people who go here deserve to be supported as best we can support them. We have graduated a good number of people who have helped make North Dakota the place that it is, and we've got to continue doing that."
- Dr. Thomas J. Riley, Former Dean

To date, more than 470 benefactors have gifted $65,000 to the Student Emergency Fund, which has benefitted more than 100 NDSU students. Read more about the In Our Hands campaign at

Photo: Madison Lien | Major: Nursing | Class of 2020

Campus News

New Alumni Share Memorable NDSU Experiences

Whether through scholarship, program support, classes in a privately-funded building, or being taught by a faculty fellow, NDSU students are significantly impacted by philanthropy throughout their education. Nine spring 2020 graduates share their future plans and what they will remember about their time at NDSU. Read each of their stories.

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