This year, as a part of its annual Swarm Week celebration, Black Hills State University will host several special events to “honor the past and celebrate the future” as the University commemorates its Quasquicentennial (125th anniversary).

Swarm Week begins Monday, Sept. 15 and concludes Saturday, Sept. 20 with special performances by BHSU alumni Kory and the Fireflies, Williams and Ree, and Brock Finn in addition to the annual parade and football game.

"We are making plans for a tremendous Swarm Day celebration in honor of our Quasquicentennial. We welcome community members and BHSU alumni from all over to join us as we celebrate our 125th anniversary and recognize the exceptional students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members who have helped transform the lives of thousands throughout the state, region, country, and world," BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp says.

Homecoming week highlights include a Kiddie Carnival Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 4 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Marketplace; Coronation and Homecoming Dance Thursday, Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Union Jacket Legacy Room; 125 Accomplished Alumni Luncheon Friday, Sept. 19 at 11:30 a.m. in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center Gymnasium; and Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet Friday, Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. in the Student Union Jacket Legacy Room.

Swarm Day, Saturday, Sept. 20, begins with the parade at 10 a.m. Following the parade, fans are invited to a tailgate social featuring Kory and the Fireflies in the Young Center parking lot. The Yellow Jackets will then take on longtime rivals, the SDSM&T Hardrockers, in an exciting football match up. The evening will conclude with performances by musical comedy duo Williams and Ree and local entertainer Brock Finn at 7 p.m. in the Young Center Gymnasium.

See the complete schedule of events below or visit www.BHSU.edu for more Swarm Week information.

Monday, Sept. 15:

  • Hike to the H, 3:30 p.m., meet at the Student Union Marketplace
  • Hypnotist Daniel James, 7 p.m., Student Union Jacket Legacy Room

Tuesday, Sept. 16: 

  • Campus Wide Scavenger Hunt, 3:30 p.m., Student Union Marketplace
  • Flag Football, 5 p.m., BHSU Softball Field

Wednesday, Sept. 17:

  • Kiddie Carnival, 4 p.m., Student Union Marketplace
  • Float Prep, 6 p.m., Student Union Adventure Center

Thursday, Sept. 18:

  • Coronation, 7:30 p.m., Student Union Jacket Legacy Room
  • Homecoming Dance, 9 p.m., Student Union Jacket Legacy Room

Friday, Sept. 19: 

  • 125 Accomplished Alumni Luncheon, 11:30 a.m., Young Center gymnasium
  • Disc Golf Tournament, 3 p.m., Campus Disc Golf Course –Hole #1
  • Parade Float Prep, 5 p.m., Young Center Field House
  • Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet, 6 p.m., Student Union Jacket Legacy Room

Saturday, Sept. 20:

  • Parade, 10 a.m., downtown Spearfish
  • Tailgate Social with Kory and the Fireflies, 11 a.m., Young Center parking lot
  • Football Game – BHSU vs. SDSM&T, 1 p.m., Lyle Hare Stadium
  • Williams and Ree (with Special Guest Brock Finn), 7 p.m., Young Center gymnasium

Sunday, Sept. 21:

  • First Annual Yellow Jacket Run/Walk, 6:15 a.m., Lyle Hare Stadium