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
The Alumni Spotlight Exhibition titled “Pencil and Ink” features exquisite graphite drawings by Jenny (Harms) Link ’08, preparatory tattoo drawings by Marianne Bennett ’09, and artwork from many other Clarke alumni as well.

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 Celebration
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 complimentary appetizers and beer 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
Graduates of the class of 1990 celebrate your 25th reunion on the beautiful Mississippi River. Enjoy complimentary appetizers and beer on the American Lady Yacht. Boarding begins at 5 p.m. Advance registration is required.

8 - 11 p.m. Welcome Reception
The Hotel Julien, Julien Room, 200 Main St., Dubuque, IA
Cost: $10 
Get the party started! All alumni are welcome to join us in the Julien Room for complimentary beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks. Cash bar is also available.
  Alumni Gallery Exhibit
Quigley Gallery

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.

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 is required.

11:30 a.m. -
12:30 p.m.
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.

Noon Men's Soccer Vs. Mount Mercy University
Clarke Soccer Field

Noon - 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.

Noon - 4 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 - 5 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
Enjoy live music, door prizes and NEW this year, a Euchre tournament. Outside the tent, enjoy a game of bean bags or activities for the kids. Taco bar and beverages included.

12:30 p.m. Class Reunion Photos
On the Hill (In case of rain R.C. and Celeste Wahlert Atrium stairs)
Get your classmates together for a class photo. (For classes ending in "5" and "0".)

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 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 - 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. You Want to Major in Art and Design?
    Atrium Conference Room
    Presented by: Louise Kames '77, MFA, Chair and Professor of Art
    Is this every parent’s fear? How will their child make a living in the world? Will they ever move away from home? This presentation will cover the exciting career opportunities awaiting today’s art and design graduates, with a focus on recent successful Clarke alumni.

  • 3 - 3:50 p.m. Simulation in Nursing Education
    Nursing Simulation Lab
    Presented by: Renee Pilcher '08, M, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Nursing/Health
    This active presentation will demonstrate the use of patient simulation mannequins within nursing education and discuss how the use of simulation technology improves students’ clinical skills. Attendees will meet at the entrance of the Wahlert Atrium and then will be guided to the nursing simulation lab in Catherine Byrne Hall.
1 - 2 p.m. Alumni Welcome Concert Practice
Sacred Heart Chapel
Join fellow alumni and current students to perform several favorite Clarke songs. Please contact assistant professor of music Jeremy Mims at with any questions. Advance registration is required. 

2 - 3 p.m. Alumni Welcome Concert
Sacred Heart Chapel 
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. Art Reception
Quigley Art Gallery 

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 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.

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

7 p.m. Men's Alumni Basketball Game
Robert and Ruth Kehl Center
Get your alumni team together and hit the court. Contact head coach 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.  Sunday Liturgy
Sacred Heart Chapel
Join us for a Catholic Mass and candle lighting ceremony in remembrance of our deceased alumni.

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. Golf and Cart fees are $55 per person.For more information contact, Jerry Hanson at (563)588-6360 or Registration forms are available at:

Homecoming Registration


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