Rocker Days (M-Week)

Rocker Days at South Dakota Mines combines Homecoming activities with other much-anticipated Mines traditions, and includes activities for students, alumni and the community. 

Rocker Days 2020 will take place over the entire academic year. 

Schedule of Events: 

Date  Event  Time Location 
 September 2-15, 2020

Introduction To Candidates

Get to know our 10 candidates for Rocker Days King and Queen virtually by visiting the Student Engagement Facebook page. Each day a new candidate will be spotlighted with fun childhood pictures and stories. Additionally, our candidates will be doing fun activities throughout the week!
 All Day Virtually-Student Engagement Facebook Page
September 8, 2020

Maximize Your Buzz Program

TBD Virtually
September 11-16, 2020

Candidate Bedsheet Display

Each of our royalty candidates will decorate a bedsheet that will be displayed in the Surbeck Ballroom.
During Surbeck Hours Surbeck Ballroom
September 14-18, 2020

Armadillos Ice Cream

Beginning at 8:00 am on Monday, September 14, the first 400 students can stop by the Office of Student Engagement in the lower level of Surbeck to pick up their coupon for Free Armadillos Ice Cream. Coupons must be redeemed by September 18. One coupon per student, and you must have Your Grubby Card in order to receive coupon.

During Armadillo's Business Hours Armadillo's Ice Cream
September 14-18, 2020

The Beanie Hat Song

One of our many traditions include teaching frosh the Beanie Hat Song. The Homecoming Royalty will be teaching a portion of the song each day on Tik Tok. Visit the Student Engagement Facebook page for more information!
All Day Virtually-Student Engagement Facebook Page
September 14-18, 2020

Beanie Decorating Contest

Calling all Frosh! This event is for you. We want to see your decorated Beanie Hats. Post pictures of your decorated beanie to the Student Engagement Facebook page with the hashtag #ilovemybeaniehat. The Homecoming Royalty will pick the winner and the winner will receive a Rocker Shop gift card.
All Day Virtually-Student Engagement Facebook Page
September 14-18, 2020

Visit M-Hill

Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to visit M-Hill throughout the week in small groups. Post your selfie from M-Hill on  the Student Engagement Facebook page with the hashtag #mhill2020 for a chance to win a prize! 
 All DayM-Hill 
 September 14-24, 2020

Student Organization Hashtag Contest

Upload a picture of your organization on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram with a reason why you choose not to haze and the #NoHazeRockerDays for a chance to win a treat for your organization. Winner is picked Thursday, September 26th at 3pm and will be notified via social media!

All Day Virtually 
September 16, 2020 

Homecoming Royalty Election

Vote for King and Queen by visiting the South Dakota Mines homepage. 
 All DaySouth Dakota Mines Homepage 
September 18, 2020 

Volleyball Scrimmage Time 7:00 pm

(Masks and Social Distancing is required) 
 7:00 pmGoodell Gymnasium 
September 19, 2020

Hardrocker Football Practice 

(Masks strongly encouraged and Social Distancing is required)

 3:00 pmO'Harra Stadium 
 September 19, 2020

Frosh Run By Housing Location (Masks strongly encouraged and Social distancing required)

RA’s will bring residents to O’Harra Stadium. Freshmen, don’t forget to wear your beanies! This exciting tradition is where new first year students transition from Frosh to Freshmen by running around the track. Howard Peterson- 3:30 pm, Palmerton-4:00 pm, Connolly-4:30 pm) *Freshmen living off campus are invited to join any of the three times.

What’s a Frosh? Visit the Student Engagement Facebook page for the answer! 
See Event Description O'Harra Stadium 
 September 19, 2020

Announcement of King and Queen 4:00 pm

The King and Queen will be Crowned immediately following the 4:00 pm Frosh Run. Limited seating will be available in the stands. (Masks and social distancing is required) 
See Event Description  O'Harra Stadium
 September 20, 2020

Soccer Scrimmage 

(Masks are strongly encouraged and Social Distancing is required) 

 1:00 pmO'Harra Stadium 

Spring Events: Specific Dates TBD

April 2021

Senior/Frosh Picnic
Paint the Town
Bon Fire
Hardrocker Night at Main Street Square
Hill Climb and White Washing
Hanging of the M at Dinosaur Park
President's Pick and Most Fired Up Frosh Announcement

Additional Spirit Events will be planned throughout the year and will be added to this website.

If you are interested in serving on the Rocker Days committee, contact for more information.

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