Every year, each academic department across campus chooses former Lions to serve as Alumni Ambassadors. This is the highest honor that a department bestows on its alumni, recognizing their accomplishments and the value they bring to the university. During the past 37 years, nearly 980 Ambassadors have returned to campus for the Annual Alumni Ambassador Forum. This forum provides an opportunity for current students and faculty to connect face-to-face with these ambassadors and hear about stories of those who have turned determination and grit into greatness and service to others in the real world.
Lions go on to lead lives of purpose and meaning. From the vast pool of those who have achieved illustrious careers in their chosen professions, certain outstanding graduates are selected as Distinguished Alumni. They are honored at the Annual Alumni Awards Gala, along with recipients of the Gold Blazer Award, which is presented each year to alumni who have provided outstanding Lion spirit and service to the Alumni Association and the university. The award recognizes them for their selfless efforts, without the expectation of pay or other rewards, other than that they have provided major economic and social benefits to the university.
The Fifty Year Club is a proud and active group of alumni who graduated fifty or more years ago from East Texas State Teachers College, East Texas State College, and East Texas State University. Once inducted into the Fifty Year Club, members are invited back each year for the reunion to continue sharing their wisdom and knowledge while keeping our Lion spirit alive.
Every two years, we celebrate our AFROTC, Angel Flight, Arnold Air Society, and Mitchell Grenadiers alumni with a reunion on campus. This is a wonderful time for alumni to renew old friendships, to reconnect with your Alma Mater, and to have fun and pay tribute to your comrades.
The brainchild of the Distinguished Alumni Chapter President Alton Biggs, DA Day is our newest annual program. Distinguished Alumni are invited back to campus for this engaging annual event, at which they are given the opportunity to speak with students, faculty, and staff and share their experiences from college and beyond.
Published biannually, PRIDE Magazine contains in-depth stories and a variety of features for and about alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the university.
You can leave a legacy for generations to come and commemorate the university’s first 125 years by contributing to The Brick Garden on campus. Your customized brick will help fund the Alumni Legacy Scholarship.