About the RaySociety

Drake University's lifelong learning program. 

The RaySociety is a volunteer-supported program dedicated to all persons who seek opportunities for lifelong learning to enrich their lives in a collegial environment of sharing and fellowship. The society provides opportunities for intellectual, social and cultural stimulation and growth. The program's name honors two distinguished graduates of Drake University, Robert D. and Billie Ray, former governor and first lady of the state of Iowa.

Non-credit educational opportunities are offered in the Fall and Spring semester to a growing membership lifelong learners. Instruction is provided by volunteers from Drake University faculty and the community at large. Events and socials for members are offered regularly and add to the social fabric of the society.

Prior college experience is not required, and courses taken within the program are not for college credit. RaySociety membership is required prior to course registration. 


Remembering Robert D. Ray

Governor Ray proudly served as Iowa’s 38th governor and, later in his career, as the 11th president of Drake University, from April 1998 to May 1999. He received his B.A. in business from Drake in 1952, and his juris doctorate from Drake Law School in 1954.




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