Haji Yussuf ‘10 was selected by the SCSU Alumni Association as the recipient of the 2016-17 Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) Award. The Graduate of the Last Decade Award is presented to alumni (undergraduate or graduate) of the last decade (2006-2016) for outstanding achievement in their careers or in service to the community or in service to St. Cloud State. He will be recognized for his achievements during the fall Celebrate St. Cloud State weekend October 12-14.
Yussuf received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communication with a minor in English-Creative Writing from St. Cloud State in 2010. He serves as a community advocate and CEO of Orange Oak, a private multi-lingual company advertising in all languages. Yussuf previously served as a Director of #unitecloud. He also is the founder of Midnimo USA, a group working to relieve racial and religious tension in Minnesota and in the USA. Yussuf has also worked as a project developer for St. Cloud Somali Radio in conjunction with KVSC.
When asked about advice for current St. Cloud State students, Haji said, “Get inspired by something, but it won’t come to you, you will have to look for it. Take your chances, sometimes you career path might turn out to be something you have never studied for nor experienced. Look to surprise yourself and always think outside the box, and get off your comfort zone. Go see the world, who knows, you might end being better than you aspire for.”