Alumni and Development

Find Upcoming Events

We understand that Bulldogs can't always stay in Des Moines forever—so the Office of Alumni Relations hosts events all over the country to bring the Drake experience to where you are. Browse the events below to find one in a city near you. Have a question about regional events? Contact Ashley Nichols, 515-271-1947 or

If you have got a question about an event happening in central Iowa, contact Liz Tesar, 515-271-3378 or, or visit our central Iowa alumni page. If you're interested in learning more about Student Alumni Association events or programs, please contact Jessica Berger at 515-271-3935 or at You can also visit the Student Alumni Association page.

Maybe you're planning to return to campus to see the people and places that helped shape your life. Have a question about reunions? Contact Liz Tesar at 515-271-3378 or

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Young Alumni Summer Series: Americana Brunch
Des Moines: Enjoy brunch at Americana, then a tour of the Pappajohn Sculpture Park with area young alumni (graduates from 2004-2014).

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Drake Me Out to the Ball Game: Chicago
Chicago: Round up your family and friends and head to Wrigley Field for Drake Me Out to the Ball Game: Chicago as the Chicago Cubs take on the Baltimore Orioles!

Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014

Let's DU Lunch 2014: The Greater Des Moines Partnership, CEO Jay Byers and President Gene Meyer
Des Moines:  Forbes recently lauded Des Moines as a best place for business and careersas well as to raise a family—what’s next? Hear from The Greater Des Moines Partnership CEO Jay Byers and President Gene Meyer, GR’81, for an update on exciting developments in Des Moines as well as progress with Capital Crossroads, the strategic plan for Greater Des Moines. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Drake Me Out to the Ball Game: Minneapolis-St. Paul
Minneapolis-St. Paul: Round up your family and friends and head to Target Field for Drake Me Out to the Ball Game Minneapolis-St. Paul as the Minnesota Twins take on the Los Angels Angels!

Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014

Hollywood Bowl
Los Angeles: Join Los Angeles-area Drake alumni and friends for an entertaining evening as the Hollywood Bowl celebrates The Simpsons.

distinctlyDrake Chicago
Chicago: Join Chicago area alumni and friends for an unforgettable evening with incomparable views at the Willis Tower's Skydeck. 

September 19-20, 2014

All Alumni Bands Reunion
Calling all woodwinds, brass, strings, and percussion—come back to Drake for a special bands reunion this fall. Reconnect with your fellow musicians and enjoy a weekend of activities as you celebrate the legacy of music at Drake.

Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014

DU Good Day 2014
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. 

Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014

Let's DU Lunch 2014: Donna Tweeten, VP of Communication and Brand Management for Hy-Vee
Des Moines:   Donna Tweeten, JO’85, is the assistant vice president of communication and brand management for Hy-Vee. She will shed light on the marketing strategy behind Hy-Vee’s branding and community partnerships and on the impact these programs have had. Previously president and chief creative officer ofThe Meyocks Group, Tweeten has been counseling companies on how to improve and evolve their brand for most of her 20-plus-year career. 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

distinctlyDrake Twin Cities
Minneapolis-St. Paul: Join MSP area alumni and friends for an exciting evening celebrating Drake at the Walker Art Center in downtown Minneapolis.

Friday, Oct. 10, 2014

Connect 2014 Twin Cities 
Twin Cities: Your guidance is invaluable to current Drake students as they prepare for meaningful personal and professional lives after graduation. Meet with students from the CBPA at Connect 2014, one of the easiest ways to impact students by sharing your time and talent.  Join us for this fast-paced, speed networking–style event during students' fall break where your expertise on the professional world is all our students want. 

Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Golden Reunion 2014
Classes of 1964 and 1965 will be the first to start a new 50-year reunion tradition in October 2014. Celebrate your ties to Drake during Reunion Weekend 2014. Mingle with old friends, exchange news, and rediscover Drake's campus!

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014

Let's DU Lunch 2014: Luncheon Honoring Gov. Robert D Ray
Des Moines:   Gov. Robert Ray served as the governor of Iowa (1969-1983), interim mayor of the City of Des Moines, and president of Drake University (1998). As governor he was instrumental in the resettlement of southeast Asian refugees to the state and helped launch the Institute for Character Development at the University. A panel of speakers will discuss Gov. Ray’s impact nationally and locally—as a state leader, philanthropist, and humanitarian.