Regional Events


Celebrate Drake wherever you live...

Drake’s regional programming encompasses a wide array of events and networking opportunities for alumni across the nation. Events are planned with the help of local alumni volunteers and are a great way to stay connected to the University that helped shape who you are today.

Alumni Receptions
Connect with alumni of all ages and interests as Drake throws a party in your city. Held in spotlight venues around the country, these events are a hallmark of Drake’s alumni experience and a great way to get an update from campus.

Bulldog Bashes
From after work happy hours to an afternoon at the races, Bulldog Bashes are Drake’s most popular way for alumni to gather. Held in cities worldwide, bashes are organized by alumni volunteers with the support of the Alumni Office. If you are interested in becoming a Bulldog Bash host, please contact Ashley Nichols at or 515-271-1947.

First-Year Send-Offs
These casual backyard get-togethers are the Alumni Office’s way of welcoming new students to the Drake family. Held in major metro areas across the Midwest, these events provide students and parents with the opportunity to meet other Bulldogs in their area before they arrive on campus.

Game Watches
Take an opportunity to rally with other alumni in your area and cheer the Bulldogs to victory. Drake will provide television broadcast information to alumni when available. If you are interested in hosting a Drake Game Watch, please contact Ashley Nichols at or 515-271-1947.

Regional Advisory Boards
Connected, energetic and always ready to lend a hand, alumni and friends that serve on Drake’s Regional Advisory Boards are a key part of alumni outreach. Board members work with Drake to plan events and connect with alumni in their metro area. Drake currently has Regional Advisory Boards in Chicago, Denver, Des Moines, Minneapolis and Phoenix with plans to expand into Kansas City, St. Louis and Washington, D.C. over the next year.

Other Special Events
At Drake, we know that a “one-size-fits-all” approach doesn’t always work for alumni events. We continually work with excited alumni all over the country to plan special events—everything from annual golf outings to alumnae events to help women connect. If you have an idea for an event in your area, please contact Ashley Nichols at or 515-271-1947.