Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.
Please note: All graduate students who plan to participate in the Commencement ceremonies must attend a mandatory meeting on either Tuesday, May 12 at 5 p.m. OR Thursday, May 14 at 5 p.m.; held in Canisius Hall Room 15.
Frequently Asked Questions
WHEN AND WHERE ARE THE GRADUATE STUDENT RECEPTIONS?
WHERE ARE THE INDOOR & OUTDOOR COMMENCEMENT LOCATIONS?
HOW MAY TICKETS BE PROCURED?
WHERE DO I PICK UP MY ACADEMIC ATTIRE?
ARE THERE ANY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR GUESTS WITH PHYSICAL DISABILITIES?
HOW MAY I OBTAIN A COMMENCEMENT PROGRAM FOR THE UNIVERSITY'S 65th COMMENCEMENT?
WHO IS THE SPEAKER FOR 2015 GRADUATE COMMENCEMENT?
HOW MUCH TIME WILL THE CEREMONY TAKE?
WHAT ABOUT PARKING?
WILL THERE BE PRINTED ANNOUNCEMENTS AVAILABLE FOR GRADUATES TO SEND TO RELATIVES AND FRIENDS?
IS THERE SPACE AVAILABLE ON CAMPUS FOR A PRIVATE RECEPTION DURING COMMENCEMENT WEEKEND?
WHAT ABOUT HOTEL RESERVATIONS?
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
Graduating students and their family and friends are invited to attend the receptions hosted by their school/program. It is a great opportunity to meet and mingle with Deans and faculty and celebrate graduation.
School of Nursing
Saturday, May 16; 10-noon; held at the lawn next to the Barone Campus Center
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
School of Engineering
Tuesday, May 12; 6 p.m.; held at Alumni House
RSVP to email@example.com
Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions
Thursday, May 14; 6 p.m.; held at the Dolan School of Business Dining Room
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Charles F. Dolan School of Business
Graduate students who completed their programs in August 2012, January 2013, or May 2013 are invited.
Tuesday, May 12; 6:30-8 p.m.; held in the DSB Dining Room
RSVP to email@example.com
View our campus map at http://www.fairfield.edu/directions
The 65th Commencement Ceremony is scheduled to be held on Bellarmine Lawn.
Please come prepared with appropriate rain gear as the event will be held outside if at all possible.
In the case of severe and dangerous weather, officials may choose to move the ceremony indoors, where it would be held at Alumni Hall with satellite broadcast locations in various campus buildings.
Changes to the ceremony location:
If the Commencement exercises must be held indoors because of severe and dangerous weather,University officials will notify students through the University's Stag Web Alert system. Information will also be placed on the Fairfield University website: www.fairfield.edu/commencement
Information will also be available on the Information Line (203) 254-4222
Degree candidates may pick up tickets in the Registrar’s Office in the Kelley Center from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. during the week of April 20 to 24, 2015. On Tuesday, April 21 and Thursday, April 23, the Registrar's Office will remain open until 7 p.m. for ticket pickup. For students not in the immediate area who wish to have their tickets mailed, e-mail your request and details to the Registrar's Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Each degree candidate may pick up a maximum of five tickets for either the outdoor Commencement exercises or, in case of extreme or dangerous weather conditions, indoor ceremonies held in Alumni Hall. Due to space restrictions, five is the maximum number of tickets for each graduate for the indoor ceremonies.
Students are reminded to safeguard their tickets. Lost tickets will not be replaced. In the case of indoor Commencement ceremonies, no admittance to Alumni Hall will be allowed without a ticket.
Academic attire that graduate degree candidates ordered from their degree application cards will be distributed by the Fairfield University bookstore on Wednesday, May 13 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., in the Barone Campus Center lower level. Anyone who did not pick up a cap and gown on Wednesday the 13th can pick them up in the Bookstore/Spirit Shop in the Barone Campus Center (on-campus, not downtown) during regular bookstore hours today, Friday, and Saturday and they will open at 7:30am on Sunday.
Fairfield University encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. There will be several indoor locations with live video streaming of Commencement ceremonies located around campus available for guests with physical disabilities or who would prefer indoor seating. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the Department of Public Safety at (203) 254-4090 or in Loyola Hall, Ground Floor, Room 2, between May 1 and May 8 for special arrangements.
Commencement programs will be distributed by student ushers at the entrance to Bellarmine Terrace or, in the event of severe and dangerous weather, at the entrance to Alumni Hall.
This announcement is usually made in mid-April.
The ceremony usually runs two hours.
For the Baccalaureate Mass on Saturday, guests of the graduates are free to park in any of the designated lots on campus.
Travel to the University on the morning of Commencement is extremely slow because of heavy traffic. Ample time should be allowed for reaching the campus, especially from Exit 22 on the Connecticut Turnpike (I-95) and from Exit 44 on the Merritt Parkway.
For Commencement, family and friends of graduates will have the entire parking area on campus except for reserved parking areas in the Canisius Hall parking lot and in the Bellarmine Hall lots.
For those interested, beginning January 2015 personalized announcements of graduation will be available through Jostens at 1-800-854-7464, ext. 7121 or online at www.Jostens.com. Graduates will receive information directly from Jostens.
No. Because of the many events already taking place on campus, we are unable to offer space for private functions. We would suggest that you contact a local restaurant: http://www.fairfield.edu/about/thefairfieldstory/areahospitality/arearestaurants/
There is a wide selection of hotels within two to ten miles of the campus. It is strongly recommended that you make reservations as soon as possible to ensure space for your out of town guests. http://www.fairfield.edu/about/thefairfieldstory/areahospitality/areahotels/
Office of Graduate Student Life: (203) 254-4000, ext. 2747
For information about graduate receptions as well as the most up-to-date information regarding Commencement.
For information about a student's status in fulfilling degree requirements.
- College of Arts and Sciences: (203) 254-4000 ext. 2227
- Charles F. Dolan School of Business: (203) 254-4070 ext. 3019
- School of Engineering: (203) 254-4147
- School of Nursing: (203) 254-4000 ext. 2701
- Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions: (203) 254-4000 ext. 4250
University Registrar: .(203) 254-4288
For information about a student's status in fulfilling degree requirements, and cap and gowns.
Student Accounts: (203) 254-4000, ext. 2165
For information on student financial accounts.
Jostens (after Jan. 1, 2015): (800) 854-7464, ext. 7121
For information about personalized graduation announcements.
Public Safety (after May 1, 2015): (203) 254-4090
For emergencies or information regarding parking for physically disabled.