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Parents and Family Weekend

Once a year we welcome our extended Bulldog family to come get a taste of life at Drake. It’s your chance to show off your university and let your family experience everything from athletics to arts, all in one weekend.

2022 Parents & Family Weekend Date: October 7—9, 2022

Weekend Schedule 

Thursday, October 6

5:00-8:00 p.m. | Hoops Fest on Court Ave, event to be held downtown on 3rd and Court Ave. (free admission)

Friday, October 7

6:00 p.m. | Women's Volleyball vs. Illinois State, in the Knapp Center. Click here to purchase tickets!

6:30-8:30 p.m. | Family Game Night Frenzy sponsored by Student Activities Board, in Parents Hall. Join us for a tailgate themed event with a variety of popup games.

9:00 p.m. | Akeelah and the Bee, in Sussman Theater

Saturday, October 8

8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. | Check-in, Olmsted Breezeway, 2507 University Ave., Des Moines, IA 50311
Pick up your Bulldog walk/run t-shirt, get information about Des Moines, and more

8:30-9:30 a.m. | Parent and Family Coffee Social hosted by Drake's Parent Advisory Council

8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Little Free Pantries Donations. Our live mascot, Griff II, is partnering with the Parent Advisory Council over Family Weekend on October 8 to collect non-perishable food and personal hygiene items to benefit the Little Free Pantries in the Drake Neighborhood. (Donations can be made in the Olmsted Center.)

Griff II will be in attendance to help collect donations between 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

9:00 a.m. & 10:00 a.m. | Drake Campus and Neighborhood Tours

Drake Neighborhood History & Architectural Walking Tour, presented by the Drake Neighborhood Association 

Come on this walking tour to learn the history and architecture of the oldest portions of the Drake neighborhood. Meet in the Olmsted Breezeway to start the tour. Presented by the Drake Neighborhood Association, participants will walk roughly one-mile starting at the Bulldog Plaza in the front lawn of Old Main, heading south, around Drake Park, and ending in Dogtown at 25th and University Avenue. Discover the indigenous history of the area, the first frat houses at Drake, the start of a salad dressing empire, a growth in culture and diversity, and the values and ascetics holding it all together. Bridging the past to the present, hear directly from neighbors about what is happening now and what they are excited about for the future of our vibrant Drake neighborhood!  

Drake Campus Tour – tours offered at 9:30am and 10:30am

Join members of Drake’s University Advancement staff for a walking tour of campus. During the tour attendees will learn the rich history of campus and surrounding neighborhood as well as the numerous ways both have changed over the years. This tour will also include a look to the future, highlighting significant campus and neighborhood development projects that have been recently completed and are slated to begin.

Breakout Session Options: Sessions offered at 10:30am and 11:00am.

J-Term Forum - in Olmsted Center, Parents Hall South, Dr. Renee Cramer, Deputy Provost

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.

Study Abroad, Fulfilling Drake’s Mission of Global Citizenship - Olmsted Center, Parents Hall North, Karen Williams, Education Abroad Advisor

Study abroad is an important part of life at Drake University, and it’s part of our institution’s mission that graduates are more responsible global citizens. Any major can study abroad, whether for a J-term, summer, semester, or academic year. The Education Abroad office offers support to students looking the right program, and many programs are as affordable as a semester on campus. Students also work with their academic advisors to find programs where the credits earned abroad will keep them on track for graduation. Studying abroad enhances students learning experiences and builds a competitive edge as they enter the workforce.

Professional Development & Career Exploration for your Student(s) - Olmsted Center Conference Rooms, Chrystal Stanley, Director of Professional & Career Development Services

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.                                                       

Drake’s Tailgate Cookout, -11:30am – 1:00pm, Ray Promenade 

Purchase your tailgate tickets here! 

Do not purchase a meal ticket for your student if they have a meal plan. 

Drake Legacy Photo, 12:00pm, the Agora 

If you are a Drake Alumni, please grab your student and join us for a Drake Legacy Photo at 11:30am on the Agora, Helmick Commons.

Drake Football v. San Diego, 1:00pm, Drake Stadium - Click here to purchase tickets

Sweetheart Sing - 6pm, Sheslow Auditorium - Tickets for Drake students will be $3 when presenting a Drake Student ID; non-Drake students can purchase tickets for $5. Doors will open at 5:30 pm for anyone to purchase tickets!

Women's Volleyball vs. Bradley, Knapp Center at 6pm - Click here to purchase tickets

Sunday, October 9

  • Bulldog Run/Walk (Drake’s 5k or one-mile fun run/walk around campus!) - 8:30am, check-in at north side entrance of the Olmsted Center. Races will start at 9am! 
  • Women’s Soccer vs. UIC, 1pm, Drake Stadium (free admission)

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