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Reunion 2021 Update

After consulting with alumni volunteers, campus partners, and University leadership, and carefully considering the continuing public health risk, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the Reunion celebration originally scheduled for June 11 – 13, 2021. However, we remain committed to celebrating with you as soon as it is safe to be together in person. Please know that while your rescheduled Reunion may not look exactly like the celebration we had all been looking forward to, our excitement will be as strong as ever!

We invite your feedback to assist us in planning the festivities. Please complete the brief survey at the link below and let us know your thoughts. We will communicate plans as soon as we are able, and encourage you to check back here, as the site will continue to be updated in the coming months.
Please note, this page is for the Reunion celebrating the classes of 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011, and 2016 who were scheduled to celebrate Reunion in June of this year. If you're looking for information on the classes still awaiting a rescheduled Reunion from 2020, please visit fairfield.edu/reunion.

Reunion 2021 Schedule

The agenda for our rescheduled Reunion 2021 celebration will be shared as a new date is decided on and plans come together. Stay tuned!

Frequently Asked Questions

Why has Reunion Weekend been postponed?
The safety of our alumni and our campus community is our top priority. While Covid-19 cases are trending in a positive direction and some statewide restrictions are beginning to loosen, we are not out of the woods yet. After consulting with some Reunion-year alumni to gauge comfort levels, as well as senior leadership and campus partners, we determined that for the health and safety of our guests, our staff, and all who are part of the campus community, postponing an in-person celebration was the only responsible choice.

Why is the decision to postpone Reunion Weekend being made now, instead of waiting until later in the spring?
We anticipate that, even with the vaccine being distributed, pandemic-related risks and restrictions will still exist for some time, likely impacting the experience and safety factors at any in-person events during the spring and summer. In addition, we recognize that our alumni, along with our campus partners and dozens of outside vendors, need to be able to plan with certainty. For all these reasons, we felt it was best to finalize the decision as soon as possible.

Some of my friends who attended other schools are having virtual Reunion Weekends on their original scheduled dates. Why is Fairfield postponing rather than going virtual?
We know that for so many of our alumni, the biggest draw of Reunion Weekend is getting to physically reconnect with your friends, to hug and laugh and catch up over the course of the weekend. It is very difficult to capture the personal, social nature of a Fairfield University Reunion in a virtual format. After many discussions with alumni volunteers, the consensus was that most people would rather wait a little while longer to see each other in person than to have a virtual event now and then have to wait five years to be together again at your next Reunion (which is the model that most schools switching to a virtual format are following). We also recognize that a year into this pandemic, people are experiencing “Zoom fatigue” and may not want to sit in front of a screen on what hopefully will be a beautiful summer weekend! That said, we certainly encourage and would be happy to help facilitate class-specific Zoom get-togethers and are exploring options for marking the occasion in some virtual way.

If a large-scale event is of concern, why can’t we have separate smaller Reunions for each class over the course of several weekends?
At this point, gathering size restrictions in the state of Connecticut do not allow private events large enough to accommodate even a single class’ typical turnout, in the case of many of our classes. Furthermore, social distancing guidelines are still in place, making even a smaller gathering a challenge to host in a way that would allow alumni to reconnect and celebrate as everyone would prefer. In addition, to protect the safety of our campus community, visitors are not currently allowed on campus except for immediate family members of our students, and it is not clear when any of the above restrictions will be lifted.  While it is possible that any or all of these restrictions could be reduced or removed later in the summer, the extent of this is uncertain at this time.

When will an announcement be made about a rescheduled date?
We are unable to give a firm date at this time. In the coming weeks, we will review feedback provided in our Reunion Survey, as well as continue to monitor state, local, and University restrictions and guidelines to determine when we may safely gather with relative certainty. This information will be communicated via e-mail as soon as details are finalized and will also be posted on this page. If you have not been receiving e-mail communications from us (the latest Reunion-related communication was the postponement announcement on March 15th) please contact reunions@fairfield.edu and provide your updated e-mail address to be sure you don’t miss out on anything going forward.

My son or daughter is graduating from Fairfield this year. Does the postponement of Reunion mean that Commencement has also been postponed?
A decision about Commencement has not yet been announced. Given the number of alumni who have to make travel arrangements, the need to open registration a few months in advance of Reunion, and several other factors unique to Reunion, the decision to postpone could not wait until Commencement plans were finalized. For more information about Commencement, please visit fairfield.edu/commencement.

What if I have questions about Reunion Weekend that are not addressed on this site?
If you don't see your question listed above, please contact reunions@fairfield.edu or call Jessica Colligan ’03, director of alumni engagement, at (203) 254-4000 x2260 for assistance.

Missing Classmates

The alumni listed below have no valid e-mail address or mailing address in our database. If you see someone you know on this list, please have them contact us at reunions@fairfield.edu with their updated information so they don’t miss out on any communications about the rescheduled Reunion 2021 celebration.

Joanne D'Agostino
Theresa DeFrancis
William Duggan
Jane Welsh Glandor
John McDonnell
Chai Pang
Ingrid Reichenback
Kathleen Roche
Susan Strom

Kevin Barrasso
Marie Boero
Terrence Callahan
Joseph Cardone
Ira Davis
Donald Grady
Luthelia Moore
Wanda Torres
Stephen Watson

Gregory DeRosa
Amy Henkels
Elizabeth Kamar
Tereza Lima
Maree MacPherson
Theodore Ximba

Michael Benney
Kimberly Torpey Donovan
Timothy Gunning
Daren MacKinnon
Elisa Mamone
Robert Murphy
Andrea Ottaviano
Melissa Payne
Lizette Dauval Porter
Adriana Radwanski
Stephanie Thornton
Laura Williams

Meg Doperak-Miglionico
Regina Gongoll
Susan Hadnagy
Laura Hastings
David Hohenstein
Junghyun Huh
Mia Iannessa

Matthew Kelly
Elizabeth Lundy
Mary Noll
Timothy Rahilly
Kelly Rau
David Rossmiller
Jaime Gawrych Sparrow
Sofya Donder Tedesco
Jessica Nietman Ward

Mary Dawson
Teresita Heavey
Kimberly Holder
Adriane Kilar
Lindsey Killian
Matthew Krupa
Nora Moran
Anna Motoszko
Jacquelyn Silvestri
Stacey Thomson

Patricia Fryer Carty
Erin Coughlin
Kyle Dwyer
Alexandra Henson
Danielle Marini
Katherine O'Neill
Elizabeth Petitpas
Melissa Wright

Farhiya Abdi
Jeremy Cherry
Danielle DeLucia
Adam LaVorgna
Vicky Lizardi
Elena Paglieri
Connor Ryan
Amanda Xeller

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