Commencement Weekend 2016

66th Commencement: Sunday, May 22, 2016

Let's. Do. This.

Undergraduate Events

Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.
Held outside on Bellarmine Lawn

Graduate Events

Sunday May 22, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.
Held outside on Bellarmine Lawn

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2016 Guest Speakers

Rev. Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator, S.J., Doctor of Laws Undergraduate Commencement Speaker — Rev. Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator, S.J., Doctor of Laws

Fr. Orobator is currently the principal and president of the Jesuit School of Theology and Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations in Nairobi, Kenya. Between July 2009 and December 2014, he served as the provincial superior of the Eastern African Province of the Society of Jesus, an area that includes Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Sudan, South Sudan and Ethiopia. Fr. Orobator is the author of a number of books, the most current of which is Practicing Reconciliation, Doing Justice, Building Peace: Conversations on Catholic Theological Ethics in Africa. He gave a plenary address at Fairfield University at the Third International Receptive Ecumenism Conference in June 2014. Fr. Orobator will receive his honorary Doctor of Laws degree at the undergraduate ceremony.

Graduate Commencement Speaker — Cindi Bigelow, Doctor of Laws Graduate Commencement Speaker — Cindi Bigelow, Doctor of Laws

Ms. Bigelow exemplifies the Jesuit tradition of promoting social responsibility and inclusion. She works with teens in Appalachia to rebuild homes and build relationships, continuously leveraging her business success for humanitarian causes. The Bigelow Tea Challenge in Fairfield teams with Wakeman Boys & Girls Club to raise over $100,000 annually to benefit 18 local charities. Ms. Bigelow serves as Advisor to teens with the Greenfield Hill Church service trip to Appalachia to rebuild homes each summer, and sponsors numerous events to benefit US Troops, Veterans, Norma Pfriem Breast Cancer Center, The Center for Women and Families, Connecticut Food Bank and Operation Hope among others. She is a former speaker at the Fairfield Awards Dinner, and will be receiving her honorary Doctor of Laws degree at the graduate ceremony.

Dear Fairfield University degree candidates:

On Sunday, May 22, 2016, Fairfield University will hold its Commencement exercises. The ceremony for undergraduates will be at 9:30 a.m. and the graduate ceremony at 3 p.m. - both ceremonies will be held on Bellarmine Lawn. For the University, this marks a milestone in that it will be the institution's 66th commencement. More importantly, for all of you, this is a moment to acknowledge years of hard work and sacrifice along with what has, hopefully, been a time of transformation.

This Commencement is an important ending and an exciting new beginning. Speaking on behalf of our Board of Trustees, faculty and staff, I hope that your educational experience at Fairfield has led you to know yourself better and that you have developed a passion for lifelong learning. For it is only through that passion that you will continue to learn, question and analyze - all hallmarks of an individual who is especially equipped to contribute to the social and economic well-being of their communities and the world.

In addition to our Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 22, I invite you to join our community for the Baccalaureate Mass that will be held in Alumni Hall at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 21. Prior to Commencement weekend, look forward to a number of celebratory activities during Senior Week for our undergraduate students as well as special school-based events for both undergraduates and graduates that will offer opportunities to further engage with faculty and classmates prior to the next phase of your Fairfield experience when you become alumni of this special and distinctive institution.

As we move towards the middle of this academic year, I, as President, want to take this opportunity to congratulate you on your successful accomplishments. All of us at Fairfield University look forward to celebrating with you this wonderful occasion.


Jeffery Von Arx
Fairfield University