Dakota Days

Robert Slagle, the ninth president of the University of South Dakota brought the idea of Dakota Day with him to USD and the USD Students' Association organized the first Dakota Day for November 20, 1914.

On a sunny Friday, parade participants assembled in front of East Hall. The first Miss Dakota, Fern Wassum, led the parade in a car decorated with red and white bunting. The parade wound through Vermillion and met the Yankton College football team at the train station. USD won the football game 33-3.

The Volante, reporting on the day said, "Without a doubt a more cosmopolitan gathering never assembled in this section of the country."


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

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. Registration for the event will open later this summer.

Saturday, October 7

9 a.m.
Main Street, Downtown Vermillion

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. 

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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