The University of South Dakota's annual homecoming celebration that showcases the pride and school spirit of USD.
The 2022 Dakota Days celebration is scheduled for Oct. 16 - Oct. 22.
Arguably the most highly anticipated campus tradition, Dakota Days devotes an entire week to showcasing the pride and school spirit that define life at USD. The homecoming festivities take place every October and boast plenty of events for students, alumni and individuals of all ages.
This year’s Dakota Days theme is “Legends and Icons.” Because what is more legendary than Dakota Days? When you stop to explore what makes it so legendary, you will find that it’s a combination of iconic moments, people, places, and things that, when put together, they amount to something bigger than just one fall weekend. They amount to something we all know as the #YoteLife.
The 108th Dakota Days Parade will take place at 9 a.m. on October 22. The parade route runs from the Vermillion High School to the Vermillion Court House.
Dakota Days Parade Marching Band Competition
The University of South Dakota welcomes high school bands to Vermillion for the Annual Dakota Days Parade & Marching Band Competition. The Marching Band Parade Competition will feature an expert panel of judges and will conclude on-campus for an award presentation, snacks for all participants, door prizes, and a brief performance by The SOUND of USD Marching Band.
Contact Todd Cranson at Todd.Cranson@usd.edu for more information regarding the Dakota Days Parade Marching Band Competition. You can submit an application to participate in the competition using this form.
Dakota Days Schedule of Events
Dakota Days features events designed for all members of the Coyote community. Whether you are returning to campus or currently living in Vermillion, there is a Dakota Days event for you!
5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Dakota Days Kickoff | Sanford Coyote Sports Center
Community event featuring family fun activities, basketball showcase, and homecoming pep rally. Fireworks to follow.
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Family fun activities on the concourse
6:15 p.m. Spirit Squad kicks off Dakota Days Pep Rally
6:30 p.m. Basketball Showcase feat. Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams
7:30 p.m. Sound of USD leads crowd into Dakota Days fireworks show (Dakota Dome Parking Lot)
3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Dedication of Founders Park & Reception | Inman House
Dedication ceremony to begin at 4 p.m. Reception to follow.
3:30 – 6:30 p.m. USD-SF Dakota Days Celebration | USD-SF Campus
Family fun activities, food, Charlie’s gear available.
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Trustee Annual Meeting & Luncheon | Dome Club
Event to feature brief remarks from academic leadership.
1 – 5 p.m. Miscellaneous Reunion Events | Vermillion Campus
- Political Science Daiquiris with Doc
- Destination Delzell
- Beacom School of Business Open House
5 - 8 p.m. Unleash Your Legacy Alumni Achievement Awards | Sanford Coyote Sports Center
Tables can be reserved by contacting email@example.com
For more information and a full list of events, please visit usdalumni.com/events.
8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Free Community shuttle
9 a.m. 108th Dakota Days Parade | E Main Street
Hospitality tent available at Inman House
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Coyote Alley Tailgate | DakotaDome
Featured sponsor: Freedom Forum
2 p.m. South Dakota v. Southern Illinois Football Game
Homecoming royalty to be announced at halftime