VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota invites the public to participate in the Festival of Nations, a one-of-a-kind cultural experience offering food and entertainment from more than 15 countries on Sunday, March 20.
Starting at 5:30 p.m., cultures from across the globe will be represented in the Muenster University Center ballroom.
USD has hosted the Festival of Nations for more than 20 years as a means for international students to express their cultures and pay tribute to their home countries through food, dress, music and dance. This year’s festival will recognize international students graduating in May with a presentation of graduation stoles embroidered with their home country’s flag.
Last year, the festival included upward of 65 dishes from 30 countries and was attended by 200 people. Patrick Morrison, the international student advisor and a coordinator of the event, hopes for even more attendees this year.
“This is the only time of year in Vermillion where you’ll see so many cultures in one room,” he said. “Here on campus, there are people from all over the world. This gives them an opportunity to express themselves and honor their home countries.”
The student-driven event is made possible by the International Club, with the help of USD’s Center for Academic and Global Engagement (CAGE). Tickets go on sale March 14 in the CAGE office; prices are $12 for adults, $7 for students, and free for children ages 10 and younger. To volunteer, visit http://tinyurl.com/FON2016; volunteers are needed to cook, perform and set up the event.