"South Dakota Day is a unique feature in the history of the University. It is not too much to say then that the day has come to stay as one of the annual features of the School, and that each year will see it bettered and enlarged, until it will become a traditional day to University students and Alumni." - The Coyote, 1916
Only two years after its initiation, South Dakota Day had already become an unequaled celebration. Then-President Robert L. Slagle suggested the event in 1914 to promote "campus spirit and harmony," and the tradition continues decades later. Now called Dakota Days, or D-Days, the week-long event offers an annual revival of school spirit for alumni and returning students while inducting new students into the Coyote pride that runs as deep as the tradition itself.