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Welcome to Clarke University! Together, we will cultivate new ways of delivering the Clarke experiences supporting each other and our community. We stand as One Clarke, One Community.

Schedule of Events

Homecoming 2021 Schedule

We look forward to welcoming Clarkies back to campus for Homecoming Weekend, scheduled for September 24-26, 2021. At this time, we are planning for an in-person Homecoming celebration and hope you will join us. Effective Tuesday, August 17, Clarke is requiring masks to be worn in indoor campus facilities. This mask requirement will be reevaluated on a weekly basis based on the transmission category of Dubuque County and on the vaccination rate of our campus community. For more information, please visit our COVID-19 informational page.

We will continue to evaluate these plans moving forward to ensure the health and safety of our campus and alumni community.

Continue to check back frequently for updates surrounding our schedule of events. Additional updates will also be shared via e-mail and Facebook.

If you have questions or are interested in planning a Homecoming or reunion event for your class, contact the Clarke Alumni Relations Office at alumnirelations@clarke.edu.

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* Indicates ticketed event or advanced registration requested.

Friday, September 24

Whitlow Campus Store Open – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Student Activity Center

The St. John’s Bible & Clarke Memorabilia Viewing – 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Nicholas J. Schrup Library

Class of 1971 Golden+ Celebration Dinner* – 4:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
R.C. and Celeste Wahlert Atrium
Click here to view the livestream

  • We invite the 50th reunion class, prior Golden classes and their guests to join us for the Golden Celebration Dinner.
  • Evening includes cocktails, a special program honoring the class of 1971 and a first class, multi-course dinner with wine and spirits.
  • A professional class photo will be taken (Time TBD).
  • Complimentary, but advanced registration is requested
  • Share your life updates for the Class of 1971 Golden Reunion Booklet by August 31

Happy Hour Mississippi River Cruise Aboard The American Lady–SOLD OUT* – 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
1630 E 16th St, Dubuque, IA 52001 (Dock behind Catfish Charlies)

  • This event is SOLD OUT. Please contact The American Lady to inquiry about reserving directly through their booking service. Call (563) 557-9700
  • Boarding begins at 5:10 p.m. Boat will leave dock promptly at 5:30 p.m.
  • $25 per person; includes admittance to Clarke Social at Catfish Charlies

Clarke Social at Catfish Charlie’s* – 7:00 p.m.
1630 E 16th St, Dubuque, IA 52001

  • Kick off Homecoming weekend and reconnect with your classmates over appetizers and drinks
  • $10 per person. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

Saturday, September 25

Whitlow Campus Store Open – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Student Activity Center

  • Online orders may be made at the Whitlow Campus Store website
  • Pop-up shop will also be open until half time of football game at Dalzell Field

Clarke Organization of Student Physical Therapists (COSPT) Fun Run/Walk  – 9:00 a.m.
Robert & Ruth Kehl Center

  • Check-in and Registration – 8:00 a.m. -8:45 a.m. with run beginning at 9:00 a.m.
  • $10 per person with registrations being accepted at the door.
  • All proceeds from this event will benefit The Boys & Girls Club of Dubuque.

Alumni Recognition Breakfast* – 9:30 a.m.
Mary Josita Dining Hall
Click here to view the livestream | Due to COVID restrictions, we are limiting this event to 175 attendees

  • Enjoy a breakfast buffet as we present our 2021 Distinguished Alumni Awards and recognize our 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award winners.
  • $10 per person
  • Click to learn more about our Distinguished Alumni Awards.

Self Guided Tour of Campus – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

  • Pick your favorite stops around campus and choose what sights to see on a self-guided tour.

Athletics Hall of Fame – 11:00 a.m.
Jansen Music Hall in R.C. Wahlert & Celeste Atrium
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  • Join us to celebrate our new Clarke Athletics Hall of Fame inductees
    • Alexandra Arasmith ’08 – Soccer
    • Cody Chamberlain ’04 – Volleyball
    • Melissa (Krawczuk) Myers ’00 – Tennis
    • John O’Connor – Contributor
    • Jerry Zieser ’03 – Baseball

Reunion Class Photos – 11:25 a.m. -12:15 p.m.
R.C. Wahlert & Celeste Atrium Staircases

  • Click here for class photo times and more information
  • Note: True complete class photo for 50th reunion classes will be taken at the Golden Celebrations

Alumni Tailgate Party* – 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
John & Jane Kiefer Athletic Operations Center

  • Get fired up for the Clarke Pride football game in the Athletic Operations Center adjacent to Burrows Field. Your favorite tailgate foods, soda, & beer are included!
  • $10 per person. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.
  • General tailgating may take place in the R.C. Wahlert Sports Complex parking lot.

The St. John’s Bible & Clarke Memorabilia Viewing – 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Nicholas J. Schrup Library

Class of 1970/1971 Drama & Coffee House Tour Reunion – 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Rare Book Room (2nd Floor Atrium)

  • This mini-reunion is reserved for members of the Class of 1970 & 1971 who were involved with drama and/or The Coffee House Tours. Reconnect and reminisce during this casual social.

Clarke vs. Baker University Football Game* – 1 p.m.
Senior High School’s Dalzell Field, 1800 Clarke Drive, Dubuque, IA
Click here to view the livestream

  • Tickets purchased at the gate
    • Adults – $8
    • Alumni & senior citizens – $5
    • Students and military (with ID) – $4
    • Children ages 12 and under & Clarke students, faculty & staff (with ID) – Free

Theatrical Design Showcase of Ellen Gabrielleschi and Bob Neumann ’85 – 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Quigley Art Gallery

  • Join us with this celebration and exhibition of the theatrical design work of Ellen Gabrielleschi and Bob Neumann as we showcase their artistic achievements and contributions to Clarke.
  • RSVPs are appreciated as refreshments will be provided

Alumni Welcome Concert – 3 p.m.
Jansen Music Hall in R.C. Wahlert & Celeste Atrium
Click here to view the livestream

Class of 1970 Golden+ Celebration Dinner* – 4:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
R.C. and Celeste Wahlert Atrium
Click here to view the livestream

  • We invite the 50th reunion class, prior Golden classes and their guests to join us for the Golden Celebration Dinner.
  • Evening includes cocktails, a special program honoring the class of 1970 and a first class, multi-course dinner with wine and spirits.
  • A professional class photo will be taken (Time TBD).
  • Complimentary, but advanced registration is requested.
  • Share your life updates for the Class of 1970 Golden Reunion Booklet by August 31

Clarke vs. Benedictine Soccer Games – Women’s at 5:30 p.m., Men’s at 7:30 p.m.
Burrows Field
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Alumni Happy Hour & Reunion Celebrations at Dimensional Brewery* – 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
67 Main St. Dubuque, IA 52001

  • Celebrate your reunion weekend in the historic Millwork District! Enjoy live entertainment, appetizers, beer, and Clarke giveaways until 7:30pm.
  • $10 per person. Tickets may also be purchased at the door. After 7:30pm, Clarke sponsored activities will end, but admission will be free. We encourage everyone to continue to socialize well into the night.
  • This event is complimentary for the Class of 2020.

Class Organized Dinner – Class of 1971* – 6:00 p.m.
Timmerman’s Supper Club, 7777 Timmerman Dr., East Dubuque, IL 61025

  • This dinner has been organized by Class of 1971 Class Representatives. The dinner is open to members of the Class of 1971 and their guest.
  • A private room will be reserved on the upper level. Please note the room is only accessible by stairs.
  • A small event fee ($5 or less) will be collected at the event by Class Representatives to cover the cost of the event space.
  • Timmerman’s will prepare a special limited menu for guest selection. A vegetarian option will be included. Registrants will cover their own meal and beverage charges.
  • The 30 person capacity for this event has been reached. We encourage you to reserve your own table at Timmerman’s and visit the Pilot Room for a drink.

Alumni Staged Reading of Waiting for the Parade by John Murrell– 7:30 p.m.
Terence Donaghoe Hall
Click here to register to view the livestream

  • Encore staged reading with returning members of the 2007 cast of John Murrell’s warm, wise and winning play about World War II from the point of view of five women left behind to wait and to work for their men, all the while discovering that the walking wounded are not always at the front.
  • Admission is complimentary
  • Returning alumni scheduled to participate in the production:
    • Abby (Schultz) McInerney ’08
    • Erin (Kane) Callahan ’09
    • Elizabeth (Spoerl) Hager ’10
    • Brigid Kelley ’08

Sunday, September 26

Breakfast Social – 9:30 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.
R.C. Wahlert & Celeste Atrium 

  • We invite you to join us for a continental breakfast social before our Alumni Mass begins.

Alumni Mass – 10:30 a.m.
Sacred Heart Chapel
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  • Join us for a Catholic Mass and candle lighting ceremony in honor of Sr. Therese Mackin, BVM ’50 and all of our Clarke alumni who have passed away. Mass  will be lead by Clarke Trustee, Fr. Mark Ressler.

Alumni Baseball Game – 1 p.m.  Batting Practice for Alumni begins at 11:30 a.m.
A.J. Spiegel Park
385 Bryn Dr. Peosta, IA 52068

  • For more information and to register contact Assistant Baseball Coach Anthony Razo ’15 at anthony.razo@clarke.edu or 562.208.9814

The St. John’s Bible & Clarke Memorabilia Viewing – 12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Nicholas J. Schrup Library

Click to RSVP and purchase tickets today!