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USD to celebrate 150 years with USD Day on April 20

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Friday, April 20 is a day to celebrate 150 years at the University of South Dakota and everyone is invited to share in “USD Day” fun in honor of the university’s 150th anniversary.

Along with a special cake and a reading of a governor’s proclamation recognizing “USD Day” in South Dakota, the South Dakota Brass Quintet will play and Head Football Coach Joe Glenn will be on hand to lead the crowd in singing “Happy Birthday” to Charlie Coyote as the campus pays homage to Charlie’s birthday.

The fun starts at 12:30 p.m. at the Pit Lounge inside the Muenster University Center. A short program featuring remarks from USD President James W. Abbott, SGA President Alissa VanMeeteren and Kersten Johnson, executive director of the Alumni Association, will also be part of USD’s open house activities.

The Sesquicentennial Weekend also includes an 8 p.m. performance at Aalfs Auditorium on Friday, April 20 by the legendary rock group KANSAS – accompanied by the USD Symphony Orchestra; USD Theatre’s presentation of the award-winning musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” (7:30 p.m. shows April 20-21 and a 2 p.m. matinee on April 22); the Red/White Spring Football Game at the DakotaDome at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 21; and the USD Concert Choir on stage for a 3 p.m. concert at Aalfs Auditorium on Saturday, April 21.

For more information about USD’s Sesquicentennial Celebration, please contact the Alumni Association at (605) 677-6734 or email:


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

This material is available in an alternate format upon request. Please contact University Relations at 605-677-5759. If you are a person with a disability and need a special accommodation to fully participate in any university activity or event, please contact Disability Services at 605-677-6389 as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the event, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.


Hanna DeLange
USD News