The RaySociety is a membership organization, open to all persons interested in lifelong learning. Learn more about becoming a RaySociety Member by clicking the link below.

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RaySociety Spring 2020 Catalog


Spring 2020 Catalog

The RaySociety provides opportunities for intellectual, social, and cultural stimulation and growth. Browse the Spring 2020 Course Catalog.

Course Catalog

RaySociety Online Registration

Online Registration

Online Registration

To register for classes listed you must be a current member of the RaySociety.

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RaySociety Newsletter Card

RaySociety Newsletter

RaySociety Newsletter

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The RaySociety is led by members of the Drake Campus and community.

RaySociety Leadership


RaySociety Announcements

In accordance with Provost Sue Mattison’s announcement to deliver all Drake University Summer classes remotely, the RaySociety will cancel all classes and events for the remainder of the Spring/Summer.

Members can elect a refund or to donate any unused class registration fees for any cancelled classes and prorated class registration fees for those classes in process prior to March 13. If you would like to contribute your class registration fees as a charitable contribution rather than receive a refund, we will provide you with a formal acknowledgment letter for tax purposes. Please email your preference to

Membership for 20/21 will open up on July 1, 2020.

Drake University Then & Now

RaySociety Featured Course


Drake Then & Now

with Don Adams & Jerry Parker


Listen in as Don Adams and Jerry Parker discuss Drake’s student life then and now. Learn about the triumphs and challenges each has experienced, and how Drake’s mission to prepare students for successful personal and professional lives has been enacted during both of their terms at the helm.


Tuesday, March 31, 2-3:30 p.m.
Parent's Hall South, Olmsted Center


I love being a RaySociety member because...

"The RaySociety is a community treasure. I love the breadth of classes offered, the amazingly talented instructors who offer their expertise, and the ways it connects me to vital issues and perspectives."

—Linda Appelgate, BN'90 GR'90

Contact The RaySociety


Tracy Beck

RaySociety Manager
(515) 271-1847

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Lisa Cooper

Program Coordinator
(515) 271-3452

Beth Willem

Administrative Assistant
(515) 271-2120

Supporters just like you help to make a difference every day.