Alumni and Development

Find Upcoming Events

We understand that Bulldogs can't always stay in Des Moines—so the Office of Alumni Relations hosts events all over the country to bring the Drake experience to you! Browse the events below to find one in your area!

Questions About Regional Events:  
Contact Jennifer Woodley at 515-271-1947 or

For Central Iowa Events, Reunions, or Planning a Return Visit to Campus:   
Contact Liz Tesar at 515-271-3378 or, or visit our Central Iowa Alumni page

Student Alumni Association Events and Central Iowa Young Alumni Committee:
Contact Jessica Schroeder at 515-271-3935 or You can also visit the Student Alumni Association page

Drake University Upcoming Events:


Saturday, April 18
Lyric Opera of Chicago Carousel
Drake alumni can enjoy a special discounted rate on all seats for the 7:00 p.m. show of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel on Saturday, April 18. Connect with Drake alumni and come see why this production was named the best musical of the 20th century. A pre-event gathering for alumni will be held before the show with complimentary appetizers and cash bar. 

Thursday, April 23, 2015
National Alumni Awards Ceremony 
Each year, the Alumni Office celebrates outstanding alumni.  Awards are given in the following categories: Distinguished Alumni, Alumni Achievement, Alumni Loyalty, Young Alumni Achievement, Young Alumni Loyalty, and Community Service. 

Friday, April 24, 2015
All-Alumni Tent Party
The Office of Alumni Relations would like to welcome you back to campus with an All-Alumni Tent Party.  Join us for Relays games, a giant photo booth, special giveaways, and more! It's free, and Bulldogs from all class years are welcome to attend. 

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Young Alumni Brunch
The Office of Alumni Relations invites Young Alumni (0-15 years out) to enjoy a special brunch (complete with mimosa and Bloody Mary bar!) on the Saturday morning of Relays. Help celebrate President Maxwell's final Relays and mingle with President David and Maddie Maxwell. 

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Student Body President Reception
Past student body presidents are invited to join other former presidents for a reception during Relays. There is no cost to attend and lunch will be provided. 

Saturday, April 25, 2015
All Greek Reunion
Join fellow Greek alumni as you connect with the friends who made your Drake experience memorable and get an exclusive peek into all the Greek houses on campus.  

Saturday, May 2, 2015
Women's Connection Brunch: Twin Cities
Join Drake alumnae from the Twin Cities area for our Women's Connection Spring Brunch to celebrate the strengthening of our connections to Drake University and to each other! $25 per person and $20 for recent graduates (2004–2014) includes brunch and beverage. 

Monday, May 4, 2015 
Celebrate the Maxwells: Washington DC
Join fellow Washington D.C. alumni May 4, 2015 to say thank you and farewell to President Maxwell from 6-8pm at The National Press Club. Appetizers and cash bar will be provided. 

Wednesday, May 6 2015
Let's DU Lunch: Entrepreneur and E-Company Start-Up Panel featuring Brian Hemeseth, Mike Colwell, and John Jackovin 
Hungry for inspiration? Drake University and the Greater Des Moines Partnership invite you to join us for the 14th season of Let's DU Lunch, a speaker series that lets you hear firsthand from Drake and community leaders who make Des Moines great.

Saturday, May 16, 2015 
Drake Alumni at Sporting KC
Head out to Sporting Park for one of our most popular events, Drake Alumni at Sporting Kansas City! Join fellow Bulldogs and cheer on Sporting KC in a match against Colorado Rapids on Saturday, May 16th.  Meet up with alumni before the match for a tailgate. Show your alumni pride and wear Drake gear!

Thursday, May 21, 2015 
Celebrate the Maxwells: Chicago
Join fellow Chicago alumni May 21, 2015 to say thank you and farewell to President Maxwell and his wife Maddy from 6-8pm at The Cliff Dwellers. Appetizers and cash bar will be provided.  

Thursday, July 16, 2015
CIRAB Summer Series: Drake Me Out to the Ballgame
Des Moines: Join the Central Iowa Regional Advisory Board as they enjoy the summer temperatures and cheer on the Iowa Cubs.  Game starts at 7:05 p.m.  Join fellow alumni ahead of time at El Bait Shop for free appetizers and a free drink ticket to the first 40 attendees. More details to come. 

Thursday, August 6, 2015
CIRAB Summer Series: Back to School Party
Des Moines: Help the Central Iowa Regional Advisory Board kick off the back-to school season with a happy hour at Peggy's Tavern from 5-7 p.m.  Paul Revere's breadsticks will be provided of course! More details to come.  

Saturday, September 26, 2015
DU Good Day
Nationwide: Connect with fellow Bulldogs and make your community a better place on DU Good Day. We will gather alumni groups in sites across the country to serve those in need. Don't miss the chance to spend some quality time with other alumni in your area while making a difference in the world one Bulldog at a time. 

October 22- 24, 2015
Golden Reunion
Des Moines: Save the Date for this year's Golden Reunion.  Class of 1956 and 1966 are invited back to campus to celebrate their 50th and 60th reunion.  More detials to come! If you are interested in serving on the reunion committee, please contact Liz Tesar at or 515-271-3378. 

October 30 - November 1, 2015
African American Reunion
Des Moines: Reignite your Bulldog pride and return to home turf for the Drake University African American Reunion.  Connect with the people who helped determine your future, and meet current students pursuing their dreams. More detials to come! If you are interested in serving on the reunion committee, please contact Liz Tesar at or 515-271-3378. 

April 29-30, 2016
All Pharmacy Reunion
Des Moines: Come home to Drake University to recall old memories, catch up with former professors, and connect with friends at the 2016 All-Pharmacy Reunion. More detials to come! If you are interested in serving on the reunion committee, please contact Liz Tesar at or 515-271-3378.