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Top Dog Awards

Top Dog Alumni Awards

Watch the 2021 Top Dog Awards Show on youtube

Since 1953, this prestigious award has been presented
to our most accomplished alumni. Over the years, we have celebrated
bright minds, ambitious spirits and bold actions that have made
a significant impact in communities across the nation, the globe and in our Valley.

From astronauts and politicians, award-winning actors and poets, NFL athletes and US Olympians, to entrepreneurs and innovators, Fresno State has helped support and grow incredible alumni.

We are proud to celebrate this year’s remarkable alumni and friends and reflect on their notable successes. 



The Distinguished Alumni Award

The Outstanding Alumni Award

The Outstanding Alumni Award

Liz Shields Safstrom

The Arthur Safstrom Service Award

Fountain at night

Current event details

The Fresno State Alumni Association is proud to recognize this year’s awardees in a one-hour special, televised on ABC 30 at 7 p.m. (PST) on Sunday, April 18, 2021. It will also be streamed for those outside the Fresno area.

2021 Honorees

"The Top Dog Alumni Awards is an inspiring event that recognizes the achievements of our most accomplished alumni," said Jacquelyn Glasener, executive director of the Fresno State Alumni Association. "This year’s class of honorees represent what it truly means to be a Bulldog, and we are excited to celebrate their successes with the University and community."