Dakota Days

Join the USD community as we celebrate our 104th Dakota Days celebration from October 1-6, 2018. What started as a single day of celebration has grown to an entire week full of Coyote pride, which will culminate at the end of the week with the annual parade and football game. View the Dakota Days weekend schedule below.

Friday, October 5

1:30 p.m. — Campus Tours

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 will be announced later this summer.

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Saturday, October 6

9 a.m. — Dakota Days Parade

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

POST PARADE Coyote Tailgate Nation Pre-Game Festivities

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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