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One Clarke, One Community Week Activities

The strength of Clarke University is deeply rooted in its connectedness to the world around us. It is through this bond that the true impact of Clarke comes to life.


Thursday, April 21

Faculty-Staff Achievement Celebration, 4:30 p.m.

The Faculty-Staff Achievement celebration recognizes the accomplishments, awards, and contributions of Clarke’s community of faculty and staff. The annual event acknowledges years of services, promotion and tenure, retirements, and special awards.

The event begins at 4:30 p.m. and is held in the Wahlert Atrium.


Sunday, April 24

Campus Mass, 5 p.m.

Campus Mass is held weekly on Sunday evenings in the Sacred Heart Chapel. This Mass will recognize the week of inauguration festivities, with special blessings for the Clarke community and President Thom D. Chesney.

Tuesday, April 26

Dubuque Boys and Girls Club: Compass AVIE sponsored Event, 5–6 p.m.

In support of Earth Week and sustainability efforts, we invite you to register and bring your children to the Boys and Girls Club to take part in three activity stations: craft, story time, and short film. Please RSVP below.

Please register here


Thursday, April 28

Board of Trustees meeting

Inauguration + Reception

Let us join together in celebration of the inauguration of our 16th President, Thom D. Chesney, Ph.D. The inauguration will take place at 4 p.m. in the Robert and Ruth Kehl Center. Reception immediately to follow in the Student Activity Center.


Friday, April 29

Board of Trustees meeting

Dubuque Days of Caring & Volunteer Day

The annual Dubuque Days of Caring event mobilizes volunteers to aid local non-profits through service efforts to strengthen their viability and future. Over 1200 volunteers assist nearly 50 area nonprofits! Projects will take place throughout the city – and on our very own Clarke University campus. Please sign up at:


Saturday, April 30

Clarke Fest
4–8 p.m. | Atrium Front Lawn

Dubuque’s best block party returns to Clarke Drive with the 2nd annual Clarke Fest! Capping off our One Clarke, One Community Week, Clarke Fest is an outdoor festival and celebration open to all. From 4-8 p.m. on the Atrium Front Lawn, enjoy music and art from local and national performers. You can even grab a bite to eat, as some of Dubuque’s favorite food trucks will be visiting the neighborhood. This event is co-sponsored by Arts at Clarke, Clarke Activities Board, & Clarke Student Association.


Class of 2022 Senior Celebration

The Senior Celebration is a social event celebrating the graduating class of 2022! The event is hosted by the Alumni Association Board and will be at Clarke Fest.

Alumni Board meeting