Black Alumni Reunion Weekend

Gather with us and celebrate Bulldog pride and the Black community at Drake University during the Black Alumni Reunion. Reconnect with classmates, explore campus, have fun with friends, old and new, and enjoy the 111th Drake Relays, also taking place during the weekend.

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Event Details

When: April 24-26, 2020
Where: Drake University


Thursday, April 23

Check In
Time: 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Location: BCC - Black Cultural Center, 1149 28th St.

Friday, April 24

Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location: Alumni House, 2700 University Ave.

Mama’s Cookin’
Time: 12-2:30 p.m.
Location: BCC - Black Cultural Center, 1149 28th St.
Join fellow alumni and current Black students to celebrate a tradition of some soul food favorites and networking at the BCC.

City Tour: Explore Des Moines
Time: 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Departure Location: TBD
See what’s changed and what hasn’t around the city of Des Moines. (Tour will be via bus.)

Drake Relays Track and Field Events
8:00 a.m.-3:45 p.m.; 5:00-9:00 p.m.
Drake Stadium

2020 Gala: An Evening of Black Excellence

Time: 6:00-11:00 p.m.
Location: TBD
Celebrate the night away with a formal dinner, drinks, entertainment, music, and dancing.

Saturday, April 25

Campus Tour
Time: 9-10 a.m.
Departure Location: Alumni House, 2700 University Ave

Black Alumni Tent Party
Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Location: Corner of 27th St. and Forest Ave.

Drake Relays Step
Time: (evening) TBD
Location: TBD
Marvel at the rhythm and precision on display at the annual Step Show with Pan-Hellenic organizations, in collaboration with the alumni Greek community.

Sunday, April 26

Fellowship & Brunch
Time: 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Location: TBD
Share in the fellowship of Black Drake alumni for a Sunday service and brunch.

This schedule is subject to change and more information will be shared as the event date gets closer.


Hotel Blocks

Hotel blocks will be available—more information to come.


Alumni Relays Events

Watch for more information about University-wide alumni events, including the All-Alumni Tent Party, Young Alumni Brunch, Alumni Awards ceremony, school reunions, and more.


Black Alumni Reunion Facebook Group

Meet the Reunion Planning Committee

Join the Black Alumni Facebook Group

Questions? Contact Keesha Ward, assistant director of Alumni Relations, at or 515-271-1947.



  1. Step 1 Selection
  2. Step 2 Registration
Friday April 24
Black Alumni Reunion Weekend: April 24-26, 2020. All inclusive registration for the entire weekend.
The Early Bird Rate is available until December 31, 2019. Following this date, the registration rate will return to the standard rate of $85.
Event registration summary
Black Alumni Reunion Weekend April 2020:
Early Bird Rate
Standard Rate

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