Celebrating our multi-generational grads

Earning one’s graduate medical or health sciences degree can be a bonding experience among classmates, but that’s also the case for the many Des Moines University alumni whose parents, grandparents, siblings, children, aunts, uncles and/or cousins are also university graduates. Is having a DMU degree a family affair for you? If so, let DMU know — we want to celebrate you as a Grand Family!

Alumni are the most important lifelong members of the DMU community, and when they share family ties, they’re even more special to the university. The Grand Family Society recognizes these generational alumni for their engagement and support, offers networking opportunities and helps Grands stay connected through exclusive programs and events.


YOU are a Grand Family member if you are a graduate who has a child, parent, grandparent, sibling, aunt, uncle and/or cousin who is also a DMU graduate or is currently enrolled at DMU.

Benefits and Recognition

  • Lifetime membership to the Grand Family Society
  • Exclusive opportunities to interact with other members of the Grand Family
  • Annual induction of new members into the Grand Family Society upon graduation
  • Recognition at premier Des Moines University events
  • Recognition on Grand Family website
  • Recognition in the Alumni e-newsletter
  • Grand Family feature stories in the DMU Magazine

Grand Family Society Members

A Special Place for Three Family Generations 

Three generations of the Chiodo/Harrison family, members of DMU’s Grand Family Society, were students on the campus at 3200 Grand Ave. in Des Moines, although the institution and experience were very different for each.  

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A Grand Family tradition

Having multiple DMU grads in one’s family makes for a strong support network, a lot of shared pride and more than a few interesting dinner conversations. Mitch Kuhl, D.O.’01, was just three weeks old when he began hanging out on […]

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Are you a “Grand”? DMU wants to know

Don Galligan, D.O.’84, and Doreen Rioux-Galligan, D.O.’85, never tried to persuade their daughter Madison to pursue a medical career. But when she decided to do so, Don took her to the annual American Osteopathic Association conference and “made sure” they […]

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Are you part of a DMU multi-generational family? Let us know

Tricia Parks is seeing the pride in her Des Moines University education come full circle. She credits the high-quality education she received for preparing her to be successful in all areas of physical therapy practice. Tricia has practiced in a […]

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A spirited family affair

Jean and Paul Groben, D.O.’75, a radiologist, are thankful their three children and two grandchildren reside in Des Moines. That’s the home of Jasper Winery, which the Grobens launched when son Mason, a viticulturist and enologist, persuaded them to make […]

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Join the DMU Grand Family

Share your family connections to join the DMU Grand Family today! Benefits of the Grand Family program are free to all members. To become a member fill out the registration form below. You can also send an email to alumni@dmu.edu.

Are you a future grand?

Email dmuadmit@dmu.edu with questions, or visit the Admissions page to learn more about our programs and how to apply to DMU.

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