‘Wolves Go Adventuring’ is theme of NSU homecoming parade on Sept. 30

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University Wolves are ready for an adventure with their annual homecoming celebration this month.

“Wolves Go Adventuring” is the theme of the 102nd annual Gypsy Day Parade, which will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, on Main Street in Aberdeen. Participants will create a float full of adventurous ideas of their choice.

Individuals and groups who wish to participate must register online using the Parade Registration Form by 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15. A panel of six judges comprised of NSU and community leaders will present awards in the following categories:

  • Best Overall Float
  • President’s Award (best Northern State University entry)
  • Mayor’s Award (best Aberdeen Area community entry)
  • Chamber Award (best Aberdeen Area business entry)
  • Northern Pride Award (best representation of theme)
  • Northern Spirit Award (best group participation and spirit)
  • Thunder’s Award (best entry featuring live animals)
  • Gypsy Award (best vehicle entry)

For information about the parade and registration process, contact Sarah Botkin, director of Student Involvement and Leadership, by calling 605-626-3007 or emailing gypsydays@northern.edu.

NSU homecoming activities begin on Monday, Sept. 25, and include royalty coronation; distinguished alumni banquet; and football, soccer and volleyball games. For more information, visit the Gypsy Days Web page

Gypsy Week Events:

Sept. 25, 2017

Royalty Trivia Night – 7 to 10 p.m., Centennial Rooms

Sept. 26, 2017

Root Beer Pong Tournament – 6 p.m., NSU Campus Green (weather permitting)

Sept. 27, 2017

Lunch for a Buck – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Campus Green

A Party Tie Dye For (Sponsored by AwareWolves) – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Campus Green

Capture the Flag – 6:30 p.m., Campus Green

Sept. 28, 2017

Community Luncheon - 11:30 a.m., Northern State University Student Center

Coronation – 7 p.m., Johnson Fine Arts Center Main Theater

Burning of the N (food sponsored by Residence Life) – 8 p.m., Barnett Center Parking Lot

Sept. 29, 2017

Bob Courtney Conference Room Dedication - 11 a.m., Northern State University Student Center

50 Year Club Luncheon - 11:30 a.m., Northern State University Student Center

Wolves Memorial Suites Ribbon Cutting - 1:30 p.m.

Wolves Soccer Game – 3:30 p.m., Jerde Field

Hall of Fame Banquet -  5 p.m., Dakota Event Center

Fine Arts Alumni Reunion – 5 p.m., JFAC

Wolves Volleyball game (White Out Theme) – 6 p.m., Barnett Center

Swimming Reunion – 7 p.m., Dakota Event Center

Paint Dance (Sponsored by CAB and AwareWolves) – 9 p.m.-midnight,, Jerde Music Room

Sept. 30, 2017 (Gypsy Day)

President’s Breakfast - 7:15 a.m., Barnett Center

Steps for Shep – 8 a.m., Barnett Center

Gypsy Day Parade - 9 a.m., Aberdeen Main Street

Alumni Tailgating - Noon, Clark Swisher Activities Complex

Football game - 2:30 p.m., Clark Swisher Activities Complex

Volleyball game - 6 p.m., Barnett Center

Oct. 1, 2017

Wolves Soccer game – 1 p.m., Jerde Field

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