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Schedule of Events

Clarke University Homecoming

Homecoming 2023: September 29 – October 1

The Alumni Office is busy planning many opportunities to reconnect and build new memories during Homecoming Weekend! Our schedule is updated frequently, so we invite you to check again soon for more updates. Some event times and locations are subject to change. Signature Homecoming events are in bold. Events that require advance registration are hyperlinked below.


We invite you to purchase tickets and RSVP in advance with the HC VIP Package! Register for the Clarke Social at Houlihan’s, Alumni Recognition Breakfast, Alumni & Friends Tailgate, and Happy Hour at Dimensional with one convenient registration. The HC VIP Package has a registration fee of $30, offering you a savings of $10, and includes a Clarke belt bag to be picked up at the Alumni & Friends Tailgate. The HC VIP Package is available until September 22.  CLICK HERE to register for the HC VIP Package.

If you are not interested in the VIP Package but still wish to register in advance for an event, please contact the Alumni Relations Office at or 563-588-6553.

Friday, September 29:

  • St. John’s Bible & Clarke Memorabilia Viewing
    • Nicholas J. Schrup Library, 7:30am-5pm
  • Whitlow Campus Store Open, 8am-4pm
  • Haircuts & Headshots
    • Student Activity Center, 2-5 p.m.
    • The Office of Student Life is hosting a student/alumni networking event! This gathering is an opportunity for current students to get their hair cut by “the campus barber,” Darius Hernandez ’22 and a professional headshot taken by Sean Cesar ’23. Alumni are encouraged to attend to socialize and network with current students.
  • Golden+ Celebration Dinner honoring the Class of 1973
    • Where: Wahlert Atrium
    • When: Cocktails at 4:30pm. Program begins at 5:30pm with dinner to follow
    • Cost: Complimentary to all members of the Class of 1973 and their guest. Also open and complimentary for prior Golden Reunion classes and their guest. Registration is requested in advance by clicking link in event name.
  • Mississippi River Happy Hour Cruise aboard The American Lady
    • Where: Dock behind Catfish Charlies – 1630 E 16th St, Dubuque, IA 52001
    • When: Boarding begins at 5:10pm. Boat departs promptly at 5:30pm
    • Cost: $25 –Only 75 tickets are available for purchase! Cost includes cruise, boat provided appetizer, tap beer and drink specials. This event is not included as part of the HC VIP Package. Must register in advance by clicking link in event name.
  • Clarke Pride Soccer vs. Benedictine
    • Burrows Field, Women’s 6pm, Men’s 7:30pm
  • Clarke Social on the patio at Houlihan’s
  • Alumni Baseball Game
    • A.J. Spiegel Park – 385 Bryn Drive, Peosta, IA 5208, 6:30 p.m.
  • Clarke Pride Women’s Volleyball vs. Mount Mercy University
    • Robert & Ruth Kehl Center, 7pm
  • Nursing Department Alumni Social
    • Where: Stone Cliff Winery – 600 Star Brewery Drive, Dubuque, IA 52001
    • When: 8pm
    • Cost: Complimentary for nursing alumni and their guest. Light appetizers will be provided with a cash bar available. This event is co-hosted with the help of nursing alumna Wendy (Schultz) Mitsuyama ’98. Registration is requested in advance by clicking the link above.

Saturday, September 30

  •  Clarke Organization of Student Physical Therapists Fall Fun Run – 5K Walk/Run
    • Where: In front of Robert & Ruth Kehl Center
    • When: 8am Registration, 9am Start
    • Cost: $10; Open to all ages and skill levels
  • Homecoming Registration
    • Mary Josita Hall Lobby, 8:30-9:30am
  • Whitlow Campus Store Open, 10am-4pm
  • Admissions Office – Blue & Gold Visit Day
  • Alumni Recognition Breakfast & Distinguished Alumni Awards
  • Self-Guided Tours of Campus, 10am-4pm
  • RA Reunion Gathering
    • Where: Spires Room (Mary Josita Hall, Room 21 – Near Rose O’Toole Conference Room)
    • When: 11am-12:30pm
    • Notes: This informal gathering is open to all prior RAs. Join us to relive fun memories and swap stories!
  • Tree Dedication in Memory of Laura E. Birch, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology
    • Join members of the Clarke community in a special tribute to Professor Laura E. Birch, Ph.D., who passed away on November 18, 2022. A Princeton Gold Maple tree will be dedicated in her honor.
    • Where: Behind Catherine Byrne Hall
    • When: 11am
  • Reunion Class Photos
  • Clarke History & Heritage Tour with Norm Freund, Professor Emeritus
    • Meet at the Wahlert Atrium Front Desk, 12pm
  • Nursing Department & Simulation Lab Open House, Time pending
  • Alumni & Friends Tailgate Party
  • Cocktails with Catherine: 5 Impactful Moments Over 50 Years
    • Fabiano Conference Room, Social 1pm | Screening at 1:30pm
    • Join us as we celebrate Sr. Catherine Dunn’s 50 years of dedication and service to Clarke by viewing our second installment of “Cocktails with Catherine.” Socialize, grab a beverage and popcorn while we reflect on five of Catherine’s most memorable moments from the past 50 years.
  • St. John’s Bible & Clarke Memorabilia Viewing
    • Nicholas J. Schrup Library, 12pm-6pm
  • Clarke Pride Football Game vs. Missouri Baptist University
    • Senior High School’s Dalzell Field, 1:00pm
  • Troy Aiken Gallery Reception
    • Quigley Art Gallery, 2:30-4pm
    • This showcase will feature some of the most recent works of Troy Aiken, Assistant Professor of Art. Pieces will include a collection of new sculptural ceramic vessel forms. The show will focus on experimentation and exploration of forms as well as experimentation with different surface textures and color.
  • Clarke Music Department presents: Keys of Excellence
    • Jansen Music Hall, 3:00pm
    • Join Clarke students, faculty, alumni, and musicians from throughout Dubuque in a heartwarming Homecoming celebration for all! This FREE piano concert will range from jazz, classics, and Disney favorites to stunning modern duets.
      • Featured performers:
        Nancy Lease, Professor Emerita
        Keisy Peyerl Xavier, DMA, Assistant Professor of Music
        Maria Mustafa ’26
        Susan (Ernster) Lindahl ’82
        Mackenzie Blagojevic ’22
        Terri Ellerbach ’01
  • Class of 1973 Trolley Tour
    • Where: Pick up in front of Clarke Atrium. Dubuque Trolleys will provide a guided tour with a local historian through Dubuque. Riders will visit familiar places like Eagle Point Park and will also see parts of Dubuque that have changed quite a bit since 1973.
    • When: 4:15-6:15pm
    • Cost: Reserve your seat for $20 by clicking the link above. Space on the trolley is limited to 30 guests.
    • Please note: This special event has been organized by class representatives and is reserved for members of the Class of 1973 only. 
  • Clarke Athletics Hall of Fame
    • Jansen Music Hall, 5:00pm
  • Alumni & Friends Happy Hour at Dimensional Brewery
    • Where: 67 Main Street, Dubuque, IA 52001
    • When: 6-8pm. Guests are welcome to stay as late as you wish! Drink tickets provided to attendees until 8pm.
    • Cost: Register in advance with the HC VIP Package or pay $10 at the door. Includes two drink tickets.
  • Class of 1998 Silver Reunion Celebration at Backpocket Brewery
    • Where: 333 E. 10th Street, Dubuque, IA 52001
    • When: 6-9pm
    • Cost: Complimentary to all members of the Class of 1998 and their guest. Registration is requested in advance by clicking the link above. Food and two drinks are sponsored by the Alumni Office. Drink tickets offered to attendees until 8pm. Registration is requested in advance by clicking the link in event name.

Sunday, October 1

  • Alumni Mass Continental Breakfast Social
    • Wahlert Atrium, 8-9am
  • Alumni Mass & Candle Lighting Ceremony
    • Sacred Heart Chapel, 9am
  • St. John’s Bible & Clarke Memorabilia Viewing
    • Nicholas J. Schrup Library, 12-11pm

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