Gypsy Days

Catch Maroon and Gold Fever during Gypsy Days.
When the leaves turn, something magical happens at NSU. A fever overtakes the campus and spreads throughout the community. It’s called Gypsy Days – a weeklong celebration during NSU homecoming.

Some say it’s the highlight of the whole year as a queen and marshal are crowned and all around Aberdeen, people display their pride in the NSU Wolves. It’s a week of football, volleyball and soccer games that culminates in the annual Gypsy Day Parade – the largest parade in South Dakota.

Make plans to visit NSU during Gypsy Days.



2017 Gypsy Day Parade

9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017
2017 Schedule of Events

Sept. 25

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


Sept. 26

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


Sept. 27

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

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

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 Gypsy Day

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

Steps for Shep 5K road race/1 mile walk – 8 a.m., Barnett Center; Details and Race Map

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

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

Gypsy Day Parade Float Registration

Online registration for the 102nd annual Northern State University Gypsy Day Parade is open.

Registration will include a $25 participation fee. The parade is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, with a start time of 9 a.m.


Parade lineup is based on the order in which online registrations are received. The deadline to enter online is 5 p.m. Sept. 15, 2017. Only individuals or groups that meet the online deadline will receive a block and space assignment. Confirmation letters will be emailed with lineup information approximately one week before the parade.


For more information about the parade and registration process, contact Sarah Botkin, director of student involvement and leadership, at 605-626-3007 or


float Registration

Gypsy Day Parade Band Registration

Gypsy Day Parade band registration is open and will close at 5 p.m. Sept. 29, 2017.


Band Registration

Gypsy Days 2016
Gypsy Days Past
2016 Parade Awards

Gypsy Award (Best Vehicle Entry) - Aberdeen Exchange BMX

Thunders Award (Best Animal Entry) - Happy Tails Equine & K9 Sport Massage

Northern Spirit Award (Best Group Participation) - NSU International Student Club

Northern Pride Award (Best Representation of Theme) - SkateAway

Mayors Award (Best Aberdeen Community Entry) - Boys and Girls Club of Aberdeen Area

Chamber Award (Best Aberdeen Area Business Entry) - iHELP-RSLFC

Presidents Award (Best Northern State Entry) - Native American Student Association

Best Overall Float - Dial-A-Move

Past parade marshals: 2016: Rod and Glenna Fouberg, staunch NSU supporters; 2014: Ann Eisenbeisz, 50-year NSU employee; 2013: Lester Clarke, former NSU interim president, vice president, dean and professor; 2012: Bob Olson, retired Northern State University athletic director; 2011: Dr. Jack Warner, executive director of the S.D. Board of Regents; 2010: Mary Cundy, Joanna Goetz, and Deanna Mauck, founding master teachers for the NSU Center for Statewide E-learning; 2009: Dr. James Smith, NSU president, and Dr. Connie Ruhl-Smith; 2008: Mike Levsen, Aberdeen mayor and NSU alumnus

2016 Gypsy Days Royalty




Left photo: 2016 Gypsy Days Royalty Court, from left: Cheng Peng, Brandon Vockrodt, Carrie Wegleitner, Donavan Soulek, Samie Elbert, Corey Klatt, Paige Tooker, Meo Bartolomeo, Harrison Homelvig, DaVonte Robertson


2016 Gypsy Day Marshal Harrison Homelvig (left) and Queen Davonte Robertson

Distinguished Alumni


2016 Gypsy Days Distinguished Alumni and Hall of Fame


Alumni Award Nomination Forms

Distinguished Alumni Award

Distinguished Alumni GOLD Award

Athletics Hall of Fame Award

Distinguished Alumni & Hall of Fame Archive