Class of 2019 Fall Academic Convocation

Welcome Class of 2019

September 1, 2015 at 5 p.m. on the Bellarmine Lawn (Rain date, Sept. 8)

The Purpose and Focus of Convocation

Derived from the Latin "to call together," Convocation traditionally marks the start of the academic year commemorated by a coming together of the Fairfield University community. In addition to welcoming the class of 2019, it is a time set aside for the community as a whole to reflect on not only academic pursuits but also the larger mission and values of the institution. Finally, the Class of 2019 will receive their class gift. The ceremony will take place on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 5:00 P.M.

K‌eynote Speaker

Dr. Meredith Wallace Kazer completed her BSN degree Magna Cum Laude at Boston University. Following this, she earned an MSN in medical-surgical nursing with a specialty in geriatrics from Yale University and a PhD in nursing research and theory development at New York University. During her time at NYU she was awarded a pre-doctoral fellowship at the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing. In this capacity she became the original author and editor of Try This: Best Practices in Geriatric Nursing series. Dr. Kazer is an award-winning researcher and an adult and gerontological primary care nurse practitioner. Her work has been disseminated in ten books, over 70 peer-reviewed journal publications, 26 book chapters, and over 100 research and invited presentations. She currently maintains a practice in Connecticut with a focus on chronic illness in older adults, clinical experience that informs her scholarly work. In 2013 she was awarded the Connecticut Nurse Association Virginia Henderson Award for Outstanding Contributions to Nursing Research. Dr. Kazer received the Springer Publishing Company Award for Applied Nursing Research and four American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Awards. In addition, she is the recipient of the Eastern Nursing Research Society/John A. Hartford Foundation junior investigator award and in, 2011, was inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Nursing, an appointment reserved for nurse leaders at the forefront of the profession nationwide. In 2014, Dr. Kazer was named among the 15 top adult gerontology professors.  In 2015, Dr. Kazer was named the 10th most influential deans of nursing in the United States. 

The Class of 2019 Common Read

One of the key aims of Jesuit education is to form women and men for others, to foster awareness of injustice and the knowledge and willingness to act for the common good. 

How to find: Access the Common Reading page. We are asking all incoming first-year students to complete the reading before September. If you will be participating in the webinar, please complete the readings and reflective questions prior to the dates listed below.

Summer Collaborate Webinar Experience - Earn your first FYE credit

There are two 60-minute Collaborate Webinars scheduled on Wednesday, July 29 and Tuesday, August 4 at 7 p.m. These are designed for students to engage with one another on these topics. This is also an opportunity to meet your new classmates and familiarize yourself with the virtual campus community. Please log in to your checklist to sign up for one of the Collaborate Webinar experiences. All common readings and reflective questions should be completed prior to the start of the webinar.

Useful links:
Water Theme
University Honor Code