Parents & 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!

  • To Register for Parent & Family Weekend, in addition to purchasing your entrance to the Bulldog Run/Walk, the Tailgate Cookout, and Sunday’s Parent & Family Brunch, please visit and pay through our online registration system going live on Wednesday, August 10th - 
  • All Residence Hall events will be posted on this site by September 16th. The online registration system will not be used for Residence Hall events.              

Carpenter- On Friday night, from 5:30-7:30, Carpenter will be hosting Minute to Win it style games in their lobby.  They will also have tailgating games from 10:30-12:30 on Saturday on the lawn closest to Forest.  During these two events parents will be able to write their students letters that will be handed out during finals week.  

Crawford - Crawford will be carrying on the Parents weekend tradition by selling Beta Fish.  These sales will be on Friday from 5:00-7:00 and Saturday before and after the football game. Fish sales will take place in the lobby.   

Herriott-  Join Herriott hall on Saturday from 3:30-5:30 to participate in their Herri-yacht party! This is a Hawaiian themed party that will take place in their lobby.  

Stalnaker-  Stalnaker's program, Pumpkins for Parents, allows parents and students to purchase Drake themed decorated pumpkins.  These sales will be outside Stalnaker from 5:00-7:00 on Friday and from 9:00-12:00 on Saturday morning.    

Goodwin-Kirk- Stop by GK and take a picture with your student!  GK will offer a Pictures and Pawprints photo opportunity near the kitchen area from 9:00-11:00 on Saturday.    

Jewitt-  Hungry for some breakfast?  Maybe pancakes?  Stop by the Jewitt lobby from 9:00-11:00 on Saturday and enjoy some pancakes before having a fun filled day at Drake and in Des Moines!     

Ross-  Stop by Ross Hall and enjoy some drinks before dinner!  This is an alcohol alternative program that will take place in the Ross field from 4:00-5:00.       

Morehouse-  Join Morehouse in a Morehouse Morefun Tailgating program.  Morehouse will offer various games and a photo booth.  This will take place by the tailgate from 11:00-1:00.  

  • 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

Exhibit in the Anderson Gallery: Friday, September 2 – Friday, September 30 Beyond Patterns: Activism and Identity in Quilts, featuring works by Thomas Knauer. Anderson Gallery. Visit more information.

Jazz I and II Concerts, 7:30pm in the Performing Arts Hall in Harmon Fine Arts Center

Mission Improvable (improv at its finest!), 8:00 p.m., Sheslow Auditorium *No ticket needed*

Saturday, September 23rd

Check-in, 7:30am – 12:00pm, Olmsted Breezeway, 2507 University Ave., Des Moines, IA 50311

Bulldog Run/Walk (Drake’s 2k fun run/walk around campus!), 8:00am, check-in at north side entrance of the Olmsted Center *Registration and payment information provided through online registration system*

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.

  • 9:00 – 9:25am & 9:30 – 10:00am Upper Olmsted - CR 310-311, Arthur Sanders, Associate Provost *No ticket needed*

Out to Sea: A Parent’s Survival Guide to the Freshman Voyage – Presentation from book author, learn more about this heartfelt, yet information-filled resource (yes, a survival guide) to help other parents navigate the sometimes turbulent waters of their student’s first year in college. 

  • 9:00 – 9:25am & 9:30 – 10:00am Upper Olmsted - CR 312-313, Kelly Radi, Author *No ticket needed*

Professional Development & Career Exploration for your Student(s) - Career development begins the first year of college and builds with each internship, research study, service project or part-time job. With satellite locations across campus, PCDS is tailored to Drake’s individual colleges and schools to help students define their career aspirations and reach their professional goals.                                                        

  • 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. & 10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m., Upper Olmsted - CR 310-311, Chrystal Stanley, Director of Professional and Career Development Services *No ticket needed*

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.

  • 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. & 10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m., Upper Olmsted – CR 312 - 313, Maria Rohach, Global Learning Program Coordinator *No ticket needed*

President’s Assembly: 11:45 – 12:15 a.m., Lower Olmsted, Sussman Theater *No ticket needed*

Drake Legacy Photo: If you are a Drake Alumni, please join us for a Drake Legacy Photo immediately following the President’s Assembly at12:20pm at the Agora. 

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 – they can use their meal plan.*

Live Music from The Zachary Freedom Duo, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Helmick Commons *No ticket needed*

Rowing: Head of Des Moines (Time TBA)  *No ticket needed*

Sweetheart Sing, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Sheslow Auditorium. *Tickets will be available for purchase by your Drake student beginning Monday, September 19th – Friday, September 23rd,  10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., in the Olmsted Breezeway. If available, tickets will also be available for purchase at the door.*

Drake Softball v. Upper Iowa, Ron Buel Field 4:00 p.m. *No ticket needed*

Sunday, September 24th

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 – they can use their meal plan.*

Drake Softball v. Minnesota, Ron Buel Field 12:00 p.m. *No ticket needed*

  • Drake Women’s Soccer v. Evansville, Cownie Soccer Complex , 1:00 p.m. *To purchase the Parent & Family Weekend Athletic Ticket Package, visit *
University News
February 24, 2017
Drake University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences honored four outstanding alumni during a ceremony held Thursday, Feb. 23, in Sheslow Auditorium.