Dakota Days

The complete schedule for Dakota Days 2017 can be found here! Don't miss out on the premier alumni event of the weekend, the Alumni Achievement Awards. 

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2017 Alumni Achievement Awards

Join us for a celebration of the University of South Dakota and its most outstanding alumni to be held during the 103rd Dakota Days weekend. Enjoy special entertainment and guest speakers, plus drinks and hors d'oeuvres, all while celebrating this year's Alumni Achievement Award recipients.

Tickets are on sale now for a cost of $50 per person. Click here to register

Dakota Days 2017

Thursday, October 5

J. Steven Manolis Exhibition at the John A. Day Gallery
Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
7 p.m. – Panel discussion
Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts

A panel discussion about contemporary art and the art of J. Steven Manolis will take place at 7 p.m. in the John A. Day Gallery featuring nationally renowned art critics Donald Kuspit, Bruce Helander, and Anthony Haden. Free and open to the public.

Friday, October 6

Beacom School of Business Open House
1:30 - 3:30 p.m. 
Beacom School of Business

Stop by and connect with alumni, faculty, and students during Dakota Days. Food and drink will be provided. Click here to register. 

Alumni Campus Tours
2:30 p.m.
Alumni are welcome to meet on the first floor of the Muenster University Center. Tours will depart at 2:30 p.m. No RSVP is required.

Farber Fund Executive Committee Meeting & Reception
3:15 p.m. Meeting, Farber Hall, Old Main
4:30 - 6 p.m. Reception, Concourse, Al Neuharth Building

John A. Day Art Gallery Reception for J. Steven Manolis
4 - 6 p.m. – Social hour
Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts

Art critic Bruce Helander and the artist himself, Steven Manolis will speak about the exhibition at 4:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Unleash Your Legacy: 2017 Alumni Achievement Awards Reception
5:30 p.m. – Social hour
7 p.m. – Awards presentation
Muenster University Center

Join us as we honor the 2017 Alumni Achievement Award winners. The Alumni Achievement Awards recognizes outstanding alumni and friends in four categories: Emerging Leader, Professional Achievement, Public Service, and Service to the University. Click here to register.

Saturday, October 7

9 a.m.
Main Street, Downtown Vermillion
All alumni are welcome to watch the parade from Inman House

Note: The parade route begins near the corner of Main Street and Prentis Street and proceeds to the corner of Main Street and Washington Street.

Additional information about the Dakota Days Parade including parade registration, rules, and regulations is available at www.usd.edu/student-life/dakota-days.

11 a.m.
Tailgate Nation, Dakota Dome

Join us as we get fired up for the homecoming football game against Youngstown State. To reserve your Dakota Days tailgate spot, please call the USD ticket office at 605-677-5959. 

All are invited to the hospitality tent near the tennis courts. 

USD v. Youngstown State
2 p.m.
Dakota Dome

It’s time for Coyote football! Tickets to the game will be available at www.goyotes.com or through the USD ticket office later this summer. Let’s pack the Dome and cheer on the Coyotes as they battle the Youngstown State Penguins!


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