Countdown to Commencement 2023: Michael Lilholt

February 13, 2023

Inclusive adolescence education and mathematics double major Michael Lilholt is the next member of the Class of 2023 to be featured in the “Countdown to Commencement” series. Lilholt was nominated by Dr. Tim Madigan, professor and chair, Department of Philosophy and Classical Studies.

Lilholt has carried a heavy presence in the campus community since his first year. He has worked as a residential assistant (RA), writing center tutor, campus ambassador, and most notably, a two-term president for Student Government Association (SGA). 

“Michael demonstrated tremendous leadership abilities by helping to steer the campus through the worst crisis of its existence, the COVID pandemic,” said Madigan. 

As president, he served on the COVID-19 advisory team as a means to help students successfully navigate this unforeseen time and also to represent the student voice. Some of his accomplishments from his time in SGA include advocating for optional pass/fail grading in the fall 2020 semester and earning unanimous support from the faculty assembly to add all on-campus mental health resources to course syllabi beginning in fall 2021. In addition, he partnered with the senior diversity officer to establish a standing Community of Belonging Committee, focused on the pillars of equity, inclusion, and community; and more. His efforts toward improvement are truly reflected in the campus community today. 

“He will make a great contribution to the field of education, and will be one of Fisher’s most influential alumni,” said Madigan. 

Lilholt not only has experience in the world of student government but also in the community. He holds past professional roles in non-profit organizations, as a substitute teaching assistant, and even as a communications and baseball information intern for the Rochester Red Wings. 

“Fisher has offered me the ability to explore different career paths while learning more about myself in both professional and personal environments. I am beyond grateful for the experiences and relationships I have developed, and feel prepared because of my education to endure the next challenge in my life,” said Lilholt. 

Madigan also went on to mention that he will remember Lilholt’s love for learning and leadership abilities.