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Festival of Nations Brings Global Experience to Campus

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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; volunteers are needed to cook, perform and set up the event.


USD’s Center for Academic & Global Engagement (CAGE) gives students the chance to gain real-world experience and knowledge and connect with their community and the larger world. CAGE offers academically based opportunities that create skills employers and graduate schools seek. Among them: off-campus service-learning programs, studying abroad, student exchange, undergraduate research and nationally competitive awards and fellowships. CAGE also provides support to international students with cultural and academic adjustments as well as immigration concerns.


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 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson 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.


Hanna DeLange
USD News