Information for Guests

Commencement weekend is a special time for graduates of Drake University and for their families and friends. Participating in Drake's 141st commencement ceremony is a wonderful way to celebrate your graduate's achievement. This site offers information on the "big weekend" to ensure that relatives and friends of graduates enjoy a memorable, stress-free celebration.

There is no limit to the number of guests. No tickets are needed.

If you would like to plan ahead and sit on the same side of the Knapp Center that your students will be seated, please see the seating chart here:

December 2016 Student Seating Chart

For Des Moines restaurant and hotel information please click here.

In case of inclement weather Drake’s University Closing Policy may be invoked.

If you have guests that are unable to attend - Drake University will stream the commencement ceremonies live here: http://www.drake.edu/stream

Special note:

Please do not bring to the ceremonies any objects that contain latex.

At least one of our current Drake students has a latex allergy. Exposure to latex in certain forms may be life threatening. Therefore, we ask that you do not bring any latex objects, such as latex balloons, to any of the commencement ceremonies. If you have latex items that are medically related and need to be used at any of the ceremonies, please contact the Student Records Office at 515-271-2025.

We appreciate your cooperation.

University News
December 7, 2016
President-elect Donald J. Trump has selected Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, a 1974 alumnus of Drake University Law School, to serve as ambassador to China.
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