Welcome Class of 2016! The purpose of this page is to provide the senior class with events, deadlines, and useful information about transitioning from college after graduation. Please note that this page will be periodically updated throughout the Spring Semester.
Senior Year Action Items
Ready for graduation? Make sure to complete these tasks so you leave in May with a diploma in hand!
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Apply to Graduate
Starting in early March, go to my.Fairfield, under the Student tab, under My Academics, click Apply to Graduate and complete all pages.
Full Time Undergraduate students: You have already been billed for your graduation fee - $150.
All Other Students: You must submit your graduation fee ($150) online immediately after applying to graduate.
Please note: the payment portal only accepts credit cards. If you cannot pay by credit card, please submit a check for $150 to the Registrar's Office within 24 hours. Failure to pay your application fee will result in your application to graduate being denied.
Students are responsible for ordering & paying for their cap & gown via the link provided on the Apply to Graduate form.
Order Your Cap & Gown
Cap & Gown Orders (Enter: Fairfield University)
Pick up your 5 graduation tickets for families & friends
Available late April at the Registrar's Office. You will recieve an email when these are available for pick up.
Purchase Senior Week Tickets
information will be released Mid-March. Visit www.fairfield.edu/seniorweek for more information.
Complete the College Senior Survey
This survey will be launched on March 1st. An e-mail will be sent to you with futher instructions.
Complete the Senior Outcomes Survey
An e-mail will be sent to you.
Direct Loan Exit Counseling for Direct Loan Borrowers REQUIRED for ALL Direct Loan Borrowers
To be completed online. If you have any questions you can contact email@example.com with your full name and ID #.
Federal Perkins/Nursing Loan Exit Counseling REQUIRED for ALL Federal Perkins or Nursing Loan borrowers
To be completed online.
Remove all holds from your account
Go to my.Fairfield, under the Student Tab, under My Academics, click View Holds.
Join the Alumni Online Community, update your profile with your post-graduate contact information, & begin interacting with fellow alumni!”
Donate to the Senior Class Gift
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Select a Diploma Frame
Order your Class Ring
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Young Alumni Class Agent Committee
Your involvement with Fairfield doesn't have to end after graduation! Join the Young Alumni Class Agent Committee! Help plan and promote events, engage your classmates, and continue the tradition of giving back! Simply fill out our volunteer form.
To learn more e-mail: youngalumni@Fairfield.edu
Fairfield Alumni Online Community
The Fairfield Alumni family is comprised of over 42,000 Stags all across the globe – all who share a common bond of Stag Pride with each of you! Before you graduate, be sure to join the Alumni Online Community and activate your profile. Once you’re a member, you can begin to browse our online Alumni database*, submit a class note sharing your latest news, and see all the upcoming events in your area! All you need to register is your Student ID#!
- Visit www.fairfield.edu/alumnicommunity
- Select “Register Now” under First Time Visitors and follow the prompts
- When prompted for your “unique ID number,” enter your Student ID
- Create a username and password and you’re all set!
Once you become a member, you can also begin networking with fellow Stags in our “Fairfield Alumni Network” or “FAN.” FAN is an online database of over 2,200 alumni who have volunteered to be career mentors to current students and alumni. Click on “Fairfield Alumni Network” on the left hand sidebar to begin using the community.
Remember, this is only a small number of alumni from our overall alumni network so your search results may be smaller than expected. Make your search as broad as possible - industries versus company names, etc. Once your search comes back with results, click on the alumni name to see their profile. You'll see a link to send a blind e-mail to that alum. For questions about the FAN network or about an alumni connection, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the Alumni Office! For problems registering for the community, email email@example.com *Access to the full alumni database will be granted after graduation.
Career Resources & Social Media Networks
Register for upcoming and/or view archived Career Webinars - many of which are presented by alumni! - on anything from job search techniques, interview tips, graduate school tips, and more! You can view our whole archive and schedule of upcoming sessions online at Alumni Webinar Series. There are also alumni networking events held throughout the country and in local areas! Stay connected after leaving Fairfield by joining all of our official Social Media Networks. Be sure to keep in touch!
"Once A Stag, Always A Stag!" For more questions about life as an alum, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at ex. 4280 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bookstore/Stag Spirit Shop
Visit the online bookstore to see the wide variety of gifts available to graduating seniors!
Career Planning Center
Does the thought of what you're going to do after graduation keep you up at night? The Career Planning Center (CPC) is here to help seniors who are searching for a job, applying to graduate/professional school, or applying for a post-graduate service program.
You can set up an appointment by calling (203) 254-4081 or stop by for Peer Advisor drop-in hours
Monday-Friday from 1-4 p.m. You should also follow us on Twitter: @FairfieldCPC, like us on Facebook: FairfieldCPC, and read our blog for helpful tips.
Graduating seniors are allotted 4 Commencement tickets for the outdoor ceremony which will be available for pick up from the Brusar's office at the end of April. You will recieve an email when they are available. The commencement ceremony will also be broadcasted at a few locations on campus.
Financial Aid and Student Loan Repayment
For more information, please visit our Financial Aid web page or call (203) 254-4125!
Are you graduating with federal student loans? If so, you will be required to complete Loan Exit Counseling specific to your loan type. This process will review your loan history, rights and responsibilities as a borrower, and detail loan repayment information.
- Complete the required Direct Loan Exit Counseling here: www.studentloans.gov. The National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) is the Department of Education's main database for all student loan information. You can access all of your federal loan records here. It will be important to have your FAFSA personal identification number (PIN) prior to logging in and creating your NSLDS account. If you can't remember your FAFSA PIN, request a duplicate here: www.pin.ed.gov.
- Complete the required Perkins or Nursing Loan Exit Counseling by following these instructions
- Get more information on managing your federal loan payment and choosing the repayment plan that fits your budget.
- It is very important to repay your loans, even if your financial situation becomes difficult over the repayment terms. If you are unable to make a payment at any time, contact your lender immediately! Read more about deferment or forbearance options that may help to reduce or postpone payments during challenging financial times.
- Timely loan repayment helps to build your credit score, which in turn creates great opportunities when applying for jobs, mortgages/leases, cars and other credit. Stay current on your loan payments!
- Are you graduating with alternative student loans? If so, contact your alternative loan lender for more information on repayment. You can review your loan history in my.Fairfield and look up your lender's contact information if you do not have it already. Once logged into my.Fairfield, click on the Services tab, scroll to the Financial Aid link and select Award for Aid Year or Award History. If you have questions about your alternative loan lender, please contact our office at (203) 254-4125 or email@example.com.
- Are you planning on going to graduate school? That's great! You have the option to elect to defer your loan payments while you are enrolled in graduate school. Some schools have enrollment requirements of at least six credits, but be sure to confirm the enrollment requirement with your desired school. In order to defer your undergraduate loan payments, you must contact all of your lenders (federal and alternative) for an In-School Deferment Form. Both you and your graduate school must complete the form prior to sending it to each lender, where in-school loan deferment of your payments may be confirmed. Learn more about deferment for your federal loans.
Senior Class Gift
What would your life be like without Fairfield University? Give back and pay it forward.
By giving back to Fairfield you not only strengthen the reputation and value of a Fairfield degree but you also join the longstanding tradition of giving started by the many Stags that came before you. Help promote school spirit and Stag Pride!
Your participation matters. Get involved today.
All seniors must participate in two surveys before graduation. The First Destination Survey needs to be completed before picking up your graduation tickets. The College Senior Survey (CSS) needs to be completed before picking up your cap and gown.
- The first survey is the College Senior Survey (CSS) and it will be launched on March 3 to all graduating seniors. The survey will remain open to participants throughout the semester. The College Senior Survey is designed as an exit survey for graduating seniors and focuses on a broad range of college outcomes and post-college goals and plans. Fairfield University's administration wants to hear about your experiences at Fairfield; the great and not so great in order to improve and shape changes implemented at the University.
- The second survey is the First Destination Survey that focuses on your plans after graduation. The First Destination Survey is launched in April.
Seniors will receive an e-mail on each launch date with a link to participate in both the College Senior Survey and the First Destination Survey. Paper versions of the College Senior Survey (CSS) will be available to complete at cap and gown pick up.
Students/Guests with Disabilities
- To prepare for graduate school and standardized exams (ex. GREs, MCATs, etc.), students registered with Disabilitie Support Services (DSS) may request a copy of the accomodations they have used while at Fairfield and supporting documentation on file by emailing: DSS@fairfield.edu.
- Graduates with disabilities who require accomodations (priority seating, assistive technology, etc.) for commencement and senior academic ceremonies are encouraged to contact Associate Academic Vice President Mary Francis Malone at: Malone@fairfield.edu.
- Guests with disabilities who will be attending commencement should refer to the Commencement website for questions pertaining to transportation, parking, and alternative seating locations. Regarding physical access for commencement, the Department of Public Safety can be contacted between May 1 and May 8 at (203) 254-4090 or in Loyola Hall, Ground Floor, Room 2
For more information please visit the Senior Week webpage!
Student Achievement Awards
For more information please visit the Student Achievement Awards web page!
The Division of Student Affairs and the Student Awards Selection Committee encourage all members of the Fairfield community to nominate graduating seniors for the St. Ignatius Loyola Medal, William J. Kramer '60 Humanitarian Award, and Student Achievement Awards. The recipients are honored at an annual awards dinner. In addition, the Loyola Medal recipient is formally recognized at Commencement.
Visit the sites below for more information regarding credit, money management, job searching, identity theft, planning for retirement, etc. Good luck!
- Building a Better Credit Report
- Income-Based Repayment
- Preventing Identity Theft
- Job Hunting Tips
- Managing Your Money & Credit
- Managing your Debt & Gaining Financial Independence
- Buying & Owning a Car
- Your Financial Life - In One Place
- It's Never Too Early to Plan for Retirement!
- Are You Taking the Next Step? Graduate School and Beyond...
2016 Calendar of Events and Deadlines
This information will be updated throughout the semester (updated 2.9.2016)
- Thursday, February 11, 2016 3-4pm | Senior Seminar Series: Budgeting & Bagels, BCC 206
- Sunday, February 14, 2016 2-4pm | Women's Basketball Senior Day, Alumini Hall
- Thursday, February 18, 2016 5:30-6:30pm | Money Talks: Financial Planning for College Students and New Graduates, BCC 200
- Saturday, February 20, 2016 | Mohegan Sun Trip
- Wednesday, February 24, 2016 7-9pm | Men's Basketball Senior Night, Webster Bank Arena
- Thursday, February 25, 2016 8-11:45pm | Senior Mug Night, The Levee
- Tuesday, March 1, 2016 5:30-6:30pm | Money Talks: Financial Planning for College Students and New Graduates, BCC 200
- Wednesday, March 23, 2016 5:30-8:30pm | DSB Etiquette Dinner, DSB Dining Room
- Wednesday, March 23 2016 12-1pm | Senior Seminar Series: Credit Cards & Coffee, BCC 200
- Thursday, March 21, 2016 8-11:45pm | Senior Mug Night, The Levee
- Saturday, April 2, 2016 | Senior Wine Tasting 1-3pm, Faber Hall
- Saturday, April 30 2016 | Clam Jam & On Campus Roller Rink
- Tuesday, May 3, 2016 | Last Day of Classes for Undergraduate
- Thursday, May 5, 2016 | Friday, May 13, 2016 Final Exams Week
- Sunday, May 15, 2016 | Senior Mass
- Sunday, May 15, 2016 | Sunday, May 22, 2016 Senior Week
- Saturday, May 21, 2016 | Baccalaureate Mass
- Sunday, May 22, 2016 | Commencement
- Monday, May 23, 2016 | Residence Halls Close