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Alumni + Giving

Powerful network

When you earn your degree from the College of Creative Arts, you join an exceptional group of more than 101,000 living alumni who proudly call Youngstown State University their alma mater. From Grammy and Emmy Award winners to Disney World Imagineering Executives to Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame members, College alumni continue to make a name for themselves.

Others of our highly accomplished alumni may be found in fulfilling and broadly diverse careers, including with the Metropolitan Opera, as Billboard chart-topping songwriters and producers, and in hundreds of university and school classrooms across the country.  You are now a member of our expansive Penguin family.


YSU Class of 2021. Congratulations Emily M. Karr, Bachelor of Music: Music Performance & Music Recording. Photo is of Emily holding grad cap

Congratulations to our most recent College alumni!

Earning your degree from YSU is an important achievement. Hats off to our Fall 2023 Cliffe College of Creative Arts graduates – we’re proud of you!


Larry Davis holding a sculpture head

Sculpture + Disney

Larry Davis, Executive Creative Director Emeritus at Walt Disney Imagineering, earned his B.F.A. in Sculpture from the Cliffe College of Creative Arts.


We want to hear about your accomplishments

When you graduate, your involvement with Cliffe College doesn’t have to end. Your life’s experiences can benefit our students and the university at large in so many significant ways. You can get involvedbecome a donor, or attend alumni events either in person or online.


You can also return to Youngstown as a guest artist or lecturer or for University and College events. But — you don't need to wait for a special occasion — we would love to hear from you or see you back on campus at any time. 



Share your story with us


Photo of Stephen Harvey holding saxophone in front of brick wall

Bartók + Jazz + Hip-Hop

YSU alumnus Stephen P. Harvey is a saxophonist, vocalist, composer, arranger, bandleader, and educator. Since his musical background encompasses classical, jazz, popular, funk, Hip-Hop, rock, and gospel genres, it’s understandable that his performances, compositions, and teaching are firmly grounded in music eclecticism.  

“Although I loved learning about The Art of the Fugueand reading Lendvai's treatise on Bartók, I’ve always seen equal value in experience of the music of the Americas. During my undergrad as a Music Education student (vocal emphasis), I loved exploring settings of spirituals just as much as Schumann song cycles and Fauré art songs.”

When Stephen subsequently discovered his love for composition and jazz, he was further able to integrate his eclectic approach into his graduate studies. With his thesis project, which infused the influence from modern Black American Music in compositional studies for his thesis project, he found the perfect vehicle for his passion of eclectic musicianship. Stephen has founded several diverse ensembles and in 2016 released his debut album as a composer and bandleader, Suite Childhood.  

Stephen graduated from YSU in 2016 with his M.M. in Jazz Studies. He’s currently teaching at Wicomico High School in Maryland and is an adjunct professor in the Dana School of Music, where he teaches Survey of Hip-Hop and Music of African Americans.