Alumni - Homecoming


Alumni Schedule of Events

Additional events and descriptions will be added closer to Homecoming. Events and times subject to change without notification.

Homecoming Registration

Clarke Day is a day to celebrate all things Clarke. For 24-hours, we will flood the campus and social media sites with Clarke pride, memories, photos and more.

8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Whitlow Campus Store
Student Activity Center

  Alumni Gallery Exhibit
Quigley Gallery

12:45 - 1:50 p.m. Back to Class
R.C. and Celeste Wahlert Atrium 
Relive your college days by sitting in on an actual class. Arrive in the Wahlert Atrium at 12:45 p.m. to be guided to your classroom. Class options include:
  • ENGLISH 231: Literature of Diversity with Ann Pelelo, Ph.D.
  • BIOLOGY 101: Intro to Life Sciences with Melissa DeMotta, Ph.D
  • MUSIC 124: Art of Listening with Sang-In Han, DMA
  • PHILOSOPHY:110 Fundamentals of Philosophy with Tom Riley, Ph.D.
3 p.m. All Access Pass to Campus
R.C. and Celeste Wahlert Atrium
Pick your favorite stops around campus, and choose what sights to see on this self-guided tour of campus.

4:30 - 9 p.m. Golden Reception (50th Plus)
R.C. and Celeste Wahlert Atrium
A special reception and dinner for the class of 1965 and previous golden reunion classes with awards presented to the 50th class. A class photo will be taken at 5:30 p.m. with the program and dinner to follow.

5 - 7 p.m. Mississippi River Cruise and Happy Hour
Catfish Charlie's, 1630 East 16th Street, Dubuque, IA
Cost: $17.50 
All aboard! Cruise along the Mississippi River and enjoy all-inclusive drinks and light appetizers on the American Lady Yacht. Boarding begins at 5 p.m. Advance registration is required.

5 - 7 p.m. Silver Celebration
Catfish Charlie's, 1630 East 16th Street, Dubuque, IA
Celebrate your 25th reunion with classmates on the beautiful Mississippi River. Enjoy complimentary appetizers & beer on the American Lady Yacht. Boarding begins at 5 p.m. Advance reservations required

8 - 11 p.m. Welcome Reception
The Hotel Julien, Julien Room, 301 Bell St., Dubuque, IA
Cost: $10 
Get the party started! All alumni are welcome to join us in the Julien Room for complimentary beer, soft drinks and snacks. Cash bar is also available.
9 - 11 a.m. Registration
R.C. and Celeste Wahlert Atrium
Arrive early to register and pick up your schedule, nametag and information for the weekend.

9 a.m. Class of 1960+ Coffee
Nicholas J. Schrup Library, O'Connor Rare Book Room 
Join fellow alumni for coffee before the Alumni Recognition Brunch.

9 a.m. - Noon Terence Donaghoe Hall Open House
Terence Donaghoe Hall 
Stop in to see TDH, say hello to Professor Ellen Gabrielleschi, and catch up on what is happening in the drama department.

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Whitlow Campus Store Open
Student Activity Center 

10:30 a.m. - Noon Alumni Recognition Brunch
Student Dining Hall 
Cost: $10
Join us for a delicious brunch and recognition of our reunion classes. President Sister Joanne Burrows will provide an update on the university and present the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards. Please arrive early to register in the Wahlert Atrium and find a seat in the area with your class. Seating is not reserved. Advance registration required.

Noon - 3 p.m. All Access Pass to Campus
R.C. and Celeste Wahlert Atrium
You pick your favorite stops around campus, and choose what sights to see on this self-guided tour of campus.

Noon - 4:30 p.m. Alumni Information Booth
R.C. and Celeste Wahlert Atrium
Do you have a question about homecoming or what events are being offered on campus? Stop by the Alumni Information Booth in the Wahlert Atrium.

Noon - 5 p.m. Alumni Tent Party
On the Hill
Cost: $10
Live music, giveaways and prize drawings every half hour. Taco bar and beverages included. Outside the tent enjoy a game of bean bags or activities for the kids.

Noon - 4:30 p.m. USO Tour Collection
Rose O'Toole Hall
Celebrate the USO tour with a collection of photos, scrapbooks, articles, and more. Enjoy a special video presentation with pictures and interviews with Sister Therese Mackin, BVM, '50 and Sue Riedel '68.

Noon Men's Soccer vs. Mount Mercy University
Clarke Soccer Field
12:30 p.m. Alumni Softball Game
Veteran's Memorial Park (Field 2), 2700 Northview, Dubuque, IA
Join fellow Clarke softball alumnae as your team takes on the current Crusader team in a friendly game. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. and game will follow at 12:30 p.m. Contact head coach Jeff Lamb at or (563)588-6619 for more details.

1 - 4 p.m. Faculty Lecture Series
Join current Clarke faculty in a new lecture series that will discuss various topics from different academic departments.
  • 1 - 1:50 p.m.
    Atrium Conference Room

  • 2 - 2:50 p.m.
    Nursing Simulation Lab

  • 3 - 3:50 p.m.
    Presented by: Louise Kames
    Chair and Professor of Art
    Quigley Art Gallery

1 p.m. Alumni Baseball Game
A.J. Spiegel Park, Peosta Community Pkwy, Peosta, IA 
Join fellow Clarke baseball alumni for the annual alumni baseball game. Contact head coach Dan Spain at or (563)588-6396 for more information.

1 - 2 p.m. Alumni Welcome Concert Practice
Jansen Music Hall 
Join fellow alumni and current students to perform several favorite Clarke songs. Please contact LaDonna Manternach at with any questions. Advance registration is required. 

2 - 3 p.m. Alumni Welcome Concert
Jansen Music Hall 
Enjoy a musical performance by Clarke alumni and current students. They will perform new and traditional Clarke favorites such as "In That Great Gittin' Up Mornin" and "Exsultate Deo".

2 p.m. Women's Soccer vs. Mount Mercy University
Clarke Soccer Field 

3 p.m. Women's Softball Scrimmage vs. Des Moines Area Community College
Veteran's Memorial Park (Field 2), 2700 Northview, Dubuque, IA

4 p.m. Athletics Hall of Fame Ceremony
Jansen Music Hall
Honor the newest Clarke Athletic Hall of Fame inductees at this special ceremony.

5 - 7:30 p.m. Classic Clarke Cuisine
Student Dining Hall
Cost: $10
Alumni and students are invited to enjoy a buffet of favorite Clarke dishes.

5 p.m. 45-49th Reunion Reception
Nicholas J. Schrup Library, O'Connor Rare Book Room
Alumni celebrating their reunion from the classes of '66, '67, '68, '69, '70 are invited to a special reception with President Joanne Burrows.

7 p.m. Men's Alumni Basketball Game
Robert and Ruth Kehl Center
Get your alumni team together and hit the court. Contact Jim Blaine at or (563)588-6431 to register.

9 - 10 a.m. Clarke Alumni Chapel Choir Practice
Sacred Heart Chapel
Rehearse before sharing your musical talents with fellow Clarke alumni at our 10 a.m. Mass.

10 a.m. Shotgun Start Homecoming Weekend Golf Scramble
Lacoma Golf Course (Red/Blue Course) 8080 Timmerman Dr., East Dubuque, IL
Cost: $55
Alumni and friends are invited to an 18-hole tournament in support of the Clarke athletic department. $55 per person includes golf and cart. For more information contact Jerry Hanson at (563)588-6360 or Registration forms are available at:

10 a.m.  Sunday Liturgy
Sacred Heart Chapel
Join us for a Catholic Mass and candle lighting ceremony in remembrance of our deceased alumni.

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