Parents & Family Weekend September 22-24, 2017

Drake’s Parent & Family Weekend, September 22 -24 2017

A Drake education involves more than just learning in a classroom. It's about experiencing everything the campus has to offer, from athletics and the arts to clubs and activities. Each year we welcome the extended Bulldog family for a taste of the life their students are experiencing. Join in, and enjoy! 

  • Registration for Family Weekend has now closed. You may purchase tailgate or brunch tickets through University Dining at the events. 
  • Tickets to the Drake v. Valparaiso game will be on sale at a special family weekend rate of $5 per ticket. Tickets can be purchased online here: until 9/22/17 at 11:59pm. This discount will not be offered on game day.
  • The Bell Center will be open to all students and their families over the weekend. To view hours and class schedules, please visit:

For more information or any questions regarding Parent & Family Weekend, please call 515-271-2835.

Friday, September 22nd

Check-in, 5:00 – 6:30pm, Olmsted Breezeway, 2507 University Ave., Des Moines, IA 50311
Pick up your Bulldog walk/run t-shirt, get information about Des Moines, and more

Exhibit in the Anderson Gallery, Opening reception to “Apparatus: Worldview as Technology” in Anderson Gallery from 5-7pm. It will also be open from noon to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Jazz Ensemble I and Combos Concert, Performing Arts Hall in Harmon Fine Arts Center at 7:30pm

Dueling Pianos, Sheslow Auditorium at 8pm *No ticket needed*

Saturday, September 23rd

Check-in, 8:00am – 12:00pm, Olmsted Breezeway, 2507 University Ave., Des Moines, IA 50311

Parent Coffee and Conversation, Cline Atrium at 9:00am - President Martin will welcome parents followed by a short presentation by author and fellow Drake parent, Kelly Radi. This presentation will be especially geared towards parents of first year students as Kelly discusses insights from her book, Out to Sea: A Parent’s Survival Guide to the Freshman Voyage, This heartfelt, yet information-filled resource (yes, a survival guide) is designed to help other parents navigate the sometimes turbulent waters of their student’s first year in college. Following the presentation, please join our 2017-18 Parent Advisory Council members and mingle with other Drake parents over light refreshments.

J-Term Forum – Learn more about Drake’s January Term (J-Term), which takes place for three weeks in January each year. Students and faculty engage in intensive, focused learning opportunities, with no distractions from other classes. It is an opportunity to study subjects that are often difficult to fit into a regular semester schedule. There are a wide variety of options available to students, from participating in a travel seminar to working fulltime on a theater production, from meeting an Areas of Inquiry requirement that is difficult to schedule, to advanced courses in the major that are uniquely structured to meet the intensive learning environment.

  • 10am – Harvey Ingham 135, Arthur Sanders, Associate Provost

Financial Literacy - Don't miss this opportunity to talk about college finances, budgets and financial literacy alongside your student. Join one of our financial aid staff members as they help you make sense of dollars and cents.

  • 10:30am – Harvey Ingham 135, Pam Smith, Financial Aid Coordinator

Life outside the Classroom – Meet staff from the Division of Student Affairs to learn ways in which your student gets involved outside of the classroom. The Division of Student Affairs aims to help all students enjoy a successful and meaningful college experience. They strive to ensure that your student’s emotional, mental, and social needs are met through health services, residence life, student involvement, and conflict response.                                            

  • 11:00am – Harvey Ingham 135, Student Affairs Staff

Study Abroad – Fulfilling Drake’s Mission of Global Citizenship - Anybody in any major can study abroad. Whether the experience lasts a few weeks, a summer, a semester, or a year, the Drake Education Abroad Office will help your student find the program that works for them. Many are as affordable as a semester on campus, and nearly all students who study abroad still graduate on time. Bulldogs welcome the endless possibilities that come with studying abroad, enhancing their learning experiences and building a competitive edge as they enter the workforce.

  • 11:30 a.m. – Harvey Ingham 135, Karen Williams, Education Abroad Advisor

Drake Legacy Photo - If you are a Drake Alumni, please grab your student and join us for a Drake Legacy Photo at 12:00pm on the Agora, Helmick Commons.

Drake’s Tailgate Cookout, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Helmick Commons *Purchase meal tickets through Eventbrite – Do not purchase a meal ticket for your student if they have a meal plan.*

  • Drake Football v. Valparaiso, 1:00 p.m., Drake Stadium

Sweetheart Sing, 4pm – 6pm, Sheslow Auditorium. *Tickets will be available for purchase by your Drake student beginning Monday, September 18th – Thursday, September 21st 11am – 1pm and Friday, September 22nd, 9am – 11am, in the Olmsted Breezeway. If available, tickets will also be available for purchase at the door.*

Sunday, September 24th

Check-in, 7:30am – 8:30am, Olmsted Breezeway, 2507 University Ave., Des Moines, IA 50311

Bulldog Run/Walk (Drake’s 5k or one mile fun run/walk around campus) - 8:00am, check-in at north side entrance of the Olmsted Center. Race will start at 8:15am *Registration for run/walk has now closed*

Yoga, 9:00am in the Studio in Bell Center (no registration required)

Family Brunch, 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Hubbell Dining *Purchase meal tickets through online registration system – Do not purchase a meal ticket for your student if they have a meal plan.*





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University News
January 9, 2018
The Drake University 2018 Engaged Citizen Conference, “Nourishing (Feeding) the World,” is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 22, and Friday,  Feb. 23 in Drake’s Olmsted Center. Admission is free.