2014 GRADUATE COMMENCEMENT WEEKEND

Please note: All graduate students who plan to participate in the Commencement ceremonies must attend a mandatory meeting on either Tuesday, May 13 at 5 p.m. OR Thursday, May 15 at 5 p.m.; held in Canisius Hall Room 15.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHEN AND WHERE ARE THE GRADUATE STUDENT RECEPTIONS?

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 17; 10-noon; held at the lawn next to the Barone Campus Center
RSVP to kborrelli@fairfield.edu

School of Engineering
Tuesday, May 13; 6 p.m.; held at Alumni House
RSVP to acastelot@fairfield.edu

Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions
Thursday, May 15; 6 p.m.; held at the Dolan School of Business Dining Room
RSVP to jhuber@fairfield.edu

Charles F. Dolan School of Business
Graduate students who completed their programs in August 2012, January 2013, or May 2013 are invited.
Tuesday, May 13; 6:30-8 p.m.; held in the DSB Dining Room
RSVP to bdusenbery@fairfield.edu

WHERE ARE THE INDOOR & OUTDOOR COMMENCEMENT LOCATIONS?

To view our campus map: http://www.fairfield.edu/directions

Outdoor Location

The 64th 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.

Indoor Location

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 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

HOW MAY TICKETS BE PROCURED?

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 21 to 25, 2014. On Tuesday, April 22 and Thursday, April 24, 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 registrar@fairfield.edu. 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.

WHERE DO I PICK UP MY ACADEMIC ATTIRE?

Academic attire that graduate degree candidates ordered from their degree application cards will be distributed by the Fairfield University bookstore on Wednesday, May 14 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., in the Barone Campus Center lower level;  Thursday, May 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Barone Campus Center Spirit Shop (on-campus bookstore), and one hour before the ceremony on Sunday, May 18 , also in the Barone Campus Center.

ARE THERE ANY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR GUESTS WITH PHYSICAL DISABILITIES?

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 10 for special arrangements.

HOW MAY I OBTAIN A COMMENCEMENT PROGRAM FOR THE UNIVERSITY’S 64th COMMENCEMENT?

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.

WHO IS THE SPEAKER FOR 2014 GRADUATE COMMENCMENT?

This announcement is usually made in mid-April.

HOW MUCH TIME WILL THE CEREMONY TAKE?

The ceremony usually runs two hours.

WHAT ABOUT PARKING?

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.

WILL THERE BE PRINTED ANNOUNCEMENTS AVAILABLE FOR GRADUATES TO SEND TO RELATIVES AND FRIENDS?

For those interested, beginning January 2014 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.

IS THERE SPACE AVAILABLE ON CAMPUS FOR A PRIVATE RECEPTION DURING COMMENCEMENT WEEKEND?

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/

WHAT ABOUT HOTEL RESERVATIONS?

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/

 

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

Office of Graduate Student Life: (203) 254-4000, ext. 2747

For information about graduate receptionsas well as the most up-to-date information regarding Commencement.

Dean’s Offices

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, 2014): (800) 854-7464, ext. 7121

For information about personalized graduation announcements.

Public Safety (after May 1, 2014): (203) 254-4090

For emergencies or information regarding parking for physically disabled.