Unleash Your Legacy

Dakota Days Events

Friday, October 5

1:30 p.m. — Campus Open House/Alumni Tours | Muenster University Center

Tours will begin promptly at 1:30 p.m. and will leave from the Hoy Faculty room on the first floor of the Muenster University Center. All alumni are welcome for this annual tradition!

1:30 p.m. — Beacom School of Business Open House | Beacom School of Business Atrium

Stop by and connect with alumni, faculty, and students from the Beacom School of Business as we all celebrate Dakota Days! Register here.

4:30 p.m. — Farber Fund Reception | Al Neuharth Media Center - Concourse

All political science, criminal justice, and international studies alumni are welcome to join in this time-honored tradition of networking and reminiscing on the good-ole-days.

4:30 p.m. — Sound of USD Reunion Weekend Registration and Kickoff | Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts

Welcome, all Sound of USD Band Alumni! Click "register now" for details of the weekend's festivities and to purchase your event tickets! Register here.

5 p.m. — USD Pep Rally | Muenster University Center

5:30 p.m. — “Unleash Your Legacy” Reception & Alumni Achievement Awards Presentation

During Dakota Days, the USD Alumni Association honors outstanding alumni at the “Unleash Your Legacy” Awards. The recipients are recognized in the following four categories: Service to the University, Public Service, Professional Achievement, and Emerging Leader. The 2018 honorees were announced later this summer. Click here to see the recipients or below to register for the event!

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Saturday, October 6

8:15 a.m. —  Parade Watch at President Gestring’s House | Inman House 

Join President Sheila Gestring and fellow Coyote fans for a parade watch on the lawn of Inman House! All alumni and friends are welcome.
*Important to note – Inman House is currently under renovation which means, unfortunately, there will be no indoor tours.

9 a.m. — Dakota Days Parade | Main Street, Vermillion, SD

The parade will begin at the corner of Main Street and Prentis Street and end at the corner of Main Street and Washington Street.

10 a.m. — All Alumni Tailgate | Tailgate Nation

Join any and all Coyote fans for an all-are-welcome tailgate sponsored by Learfield, USD Athletics, and the USD Alumni Association. Join us in the big white tent near the tennis courts.

11 a.m. — Howling Pack Social | CorTrust Club

Join the Howling Pack for a social with coffee and donuts before the Yotes take on Missouri State for D-Days. The event will also include a tour of the SCSC arena as well as appearances from some of the USD head coaches.

10 a.m. — Chi Omega Reunion Tailgate | Tailgate Nation

The Chi Omega class of 1978 will be sponsoring a get-together at the tailgate before heading into the game!

10 a.m. — USD Cheer Reunion Tailgate | Tailgate Nation

As valued alumni of USD Cheerleading, we would like to invite you to join us for the 104th D-days Celebration for our 1st annual alumni tailgate. The team will be providing donuts, coffee and alumni buttons after the parade. Please come and relive the tradition of being a coyote with the current squad this upcoming Dakota Days.
Email hailey.friedel@coyotes.usd.edu to register. We can’t wait to see you!

10 a.m. — Meierhenry Sargent Tailgate | Tailgate Nation

All USD Law alumni and all members of the South Dakota legal profession, including paralegals, court reporters, law students, etc. are welcome. Please stop by to wish Professor Chris Hutton well in her retirement at the end of 2018.

2 p.m. — USD Coyote Football Game vs. Missouri State | DakotaDome

A Little History

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."


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