Frequently Asked Questions
In an attempt to anticipate some of the questions that you may have regarding the 2014 Commencement events for undergraduate students, we have provided the answers to a list of frequently asked questions. It is hoped that you will find it helpful as you make your preparations. If you have any questions that are not answered here, you will find several telephone numbers that you may call for assistance.
WHERE ARE THE INDOOR & OUTDOOR LOCATIONS?
To view our campus map: http://www.fairfield.edu/directions/
The 64th Commencement ceremony is scheduled to be held on Bellarmine Lawn.
Commencement, if at all possible will be held outdoors, even in drizzle or rain, so please
come prepared with appropriate rain gear.
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
CHANGES TO CEREMONY LOCATION:
Any delays or cancellations will be communicated via the website at http://www.fairfield.edu.
Information will also be placed on www.fairfield.edu/commencement
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. Each degree candidate may pick up a maximum of five tickets for the outdoor Commencement exercises. Two of these outdoor tickets will be special indoor tickets valid for two guests only for indoor exercises. Outdoor exercises will be held on Bellarmine Lawn. Indoor exercises, in the case of severe and dangerous weather, will be held at Alumni Hall. This rain location allows the University to respond to the wishes of seniors that classmates are together in a rain site.
Students are reminded to safeguard their tickets. Lost tickets will not be replaced. No admittance to any Commencement location will be allowed without a ticket.
WHERE DO I PICK UP MY ACADEMIC ATTIRE?
Academic attire that undergraduate degree candidates ordered from their degree application cards will be distributed by the Fairfield University bookstore in the Barone Campus Center on Wednesday, May 14 from noon to 6 p.m. and one hour before the ceremony on 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 COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER FOR THE UNDERGRADUATE CEREMONIES?
This announcement is usually made in mid-April.
HOW MUCH TIME WILL THE CEREMONY TAKE?
The ceremony usually runs two hours.
WHEN SHOULD GUESTS PLAN ON ARRIVING IN FAIRFIELD?
Most families arrive early Saturday in order to take part in both the Saturday and Sunday programs.
WHEN SHOULD WE PLAN ON LEAVING FAIRFIELD?
Since graduates usually depart from Fairfield by noon on Monday families and guests are free to leave according to their own schedules.
WHEN WILL UNIVERSITY HOUSING CLOSE?
The University Townhouse Complex, Village Apartments, Dolan, etc. will officially close at noon on Monday, May 19.
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.
HOW DO I ORDER A COPY OF THE MANOR, THE FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY YEARBOOK?
Your son/daughter should have ordered a yearbook by having a senior picture taken by our yearbook photographer in October 2013. For an additional copies, please call Student Affairs at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2378. The cost for the additional yearbook is $100.
WHAT ABOUT SENIOR WEEK ACTIVITIES FOR STUDENTS?
At the end of March 2014, your son/daughter will receive the 2014 Senior Week Schedule outlining all activities planned by the Senior Week committee under the direction of the Office of Conference & Event Management.
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 or hotel.
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. A hotel list is available: http://www.fairfield.edu/about/thefairfieldstory/areahospitality/areahotels/
WHAT ABOUT CAMPUS HOUSING?
You and your family are invited to spend graduation weekend on campus for the evening of Saturday, May 17, 2014. There are a limited number of rooms available in the residence halls for families of graduating seniors. The costs are $100 per room for double occupancy and $75 per room for single occupancy. The cost includes linens and blankets. The rooms are located in traditional residence halls and are furnished with two twin-size beds. Each floor has two public lavatory facilities, one for men and one for women.
You are required to complete and return a reservation form and payment. If you are interested in staying on campus, please register here.
Reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to limited availability, you are encouraged to make your reservations early. Reservations will be accepted through Wednesday, April 30, 2014, provided that there are rooms still available.
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
Student Programs and Leadership Devlopment: (203) 254-4000, ext. 2081
If you have any questions about Senior Week, contact Colleen Wilson, Program Coordinator in Office of Student Programs & Leadership Development at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2081 or email@example.com.
University Registrar: (203) 254-4288
For information about graduation tickets, cap and gowns, and diplomas.
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. 3244
- School of Engineering: (203) 254-4147
- School of Nursing: (203) 254-4000, ext. 2701
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 Commencement announcements.
Public Safety (after May 1, 2014): (203) 254-4090
For emergencies or information regarding parking for physically disabled.