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 Drake’s Parent & Family Weekend, October 4 – 6, 2019

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! 

Below is last years schedule as a reference.
Please check back in the Spring for the 2019 schedule.

Friday, October 5

Guest Jazz Artist, Geof Keezer, 7:30pm - Turner Jazz Center in Harmon Fine Arts Center 

Women's Volleyball v. Bradley, 7:00pm - Knapp Center Purchase tickets here

Mentalist – Sean Bott, 8:00pm - Sussman Theater 

  • His show includes mind reading, telepathy, and predicting the future. He will freak you out and make you laugh at the same time. Don’t even bother trying to figure him out! Check out his website to see more:

Free Movie Friday – Incredibles 2, 9:00pm - Harvey Ingham 34

Saturday, October 6

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

  • Pick up your Bulldog walk/run t-shirt, get information about Des Moines, and more

Saturday Group Fitness Classes in Bell Center (limited space available) – sign up at Family Weekend Information table

  • Yoga Group Fitness Class from 8:30-9:30am
  • Pound Group Fitness Class from 10-10:45am

Parent Coffee and Conversation, 9:00am - Cline Atrium

  • Author and fellow Drake parent, Kelly Radi will be giving a short presentation 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 Parent Advisory Council members and mingle with other Drake parents over light refreshments.

J-Term Forum, 10am – Harvey Ingham 135, Arthur Sanders, Associate 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.

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

  • 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.                                                     

Professional Development & Career Exploration for your Student(s), 11:00am – Harvey Ingham 135, 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.  

Study Abroad, Fulfilling Drake’s Mission of Global Citizenship, 11:30 am – Harvey Ingham 135, Karen Williams, Education Abroad Advisor

  • 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.

Drake’s Tailgate Cookout, -11:30 am – 1:00 pm, Hubbell Dining Hall

  • Click here to purchase tickets – Do not purchase a meal ticket for your student if they have a meal plan.

Robert D. and Billie Ray Promenade Dedication, postponed

Drake Legacy Photo, 12:20pm - Agora

  • 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 Football v. Butler, 1:00 pm - Drake Stadium. Purchase tickets here

Parent's Weekend Cabaret performed by Drake Theatre People, 2:00pm - Turner Jazz Center

Sweetheart Sing, 3pm – 5pm - Parents Hall

  • Tickets will be available for purchase on Saturday beginning at 1:30 pm.

Women's Volleyball v. Illinois State, 7:00pm - Knapp Center Purchase tickets here

Sunday, October 7

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

  • Registration and payment information provided through online registration system. Registration closes on Tuesday, September 25 at noon. 

Family Brunch - 9:30 am – 1:00 pm - Hubbell Dining

  • Click here to purchase tickets – Do not purchase a meal ticket for your student if they have a meal plan.  

Men's basketball blue/white scrimmage: 2pm in the Knapp Center.
Admission is free - we are accepting non-perishable food donations for the Iowa Food Bank

To access your free parking pass, please click here

Registration is not necessary for non-ticketed programs. To purchase meals and/or Bulldog run/walk tickets please click here

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




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