Inauguration Week

The inauguration of USD’s 18th President Sheila K. Gestring is scheduled for Wednesday, February 13 at 2 p.m. in Aalfs Auditorium, located inside Slagle Hall. Join us as we celebrate this new era of leadership at the University of South Dakota.

There are several activities leading up to inauguration that will allow alumni and friends to show their Coyote pride and support President Gestring.

Sunday, February 10 | Day of Pride

1 p.m. Men’s Basketball: USD vs. Oral Roberts

Wear red and join us at the Sanford Coyote Sports Center for Coyote Basketball! The Vermillion Chamber of Commerce will be the Official Game Day Sponsor of this matchup. Alumni, friends and fans are encouraged to attend the game in person or host a watch party in their area.

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Monday, February 11 | Day of Service

11 a.m. – 4 p.m. All-Campus Service Activity

The Coyote community will be collecting canned goods to support the Vermillion Area Food Pantry. Cans can be dropped off at the Muenster University Center or at the Wagner Alumni Center all week long.

5:15 p.m. – 8 p.m. The Banquet, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Are you in the Sioux Falls area and looking to participate in USD’s Day of Service? Alumni and friends are welcomed to be a part of the Sioux Falls service activity held at The Banquet. If interested, contact us at

Let us know if you’re interested in coordinating a service project in your area!

Tuesday, February 12 | Day of Giving

Unite for USD! Giving Day will commence at 9:57 a.m. on February 12 and conclude at 5 p.m. on February 13. Over the course of these two days, a total of 1862 minutes will be dedicated to supporting USD’s priorities. Every gift matters and we invite you to contribute however you are able.

The official giving day website is

Wednesday, February 13 | Inauguration Day

2 p.m. Investiture Ceremony

Join us in Aalfs Auditorium to celebrate the inauguration of President Gestring. The ceremony will be live streamed for those unable to attend in person. On Inauguration Day, be sure to check your email for the live stream link or watch the ceremony on our Facebook page, University of South Dakota Alumni

A reception will be held for all attendees at the Muenster University Center immediately following the ceremony. All are invited to join the USD Orchestra for a special concert in Aalfs Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

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