Sunday, May 22, 2016, 3:00 p.m.

Let's. Do. This.

Graduate Ceremony - Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.

Please note: All graduate students who plan to participate in the Commencement ceremonies are encouraged to attend a meeting on either Tuesday, May 17 at 5 p.m. OR Thursday, May 19 at 5 p.m.; held in Nyselius DiMenna Library Multi Media Room, 101.

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Graduate School Receptions

Graduating students and their family and friends are invited to attend the receptions hosted by their school/program. It is a great opportunity to meet and mingle with Deans and faculty and celebrate graduation.

Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies
Saturday, May 21; 10-noon; held at the lawn next to the Barone Campus Center
RSVP to dchevrette@fairfield.edu

School of Engineering
Saturday, May 21; 2-3:30 p.m.; held at Bannow Science Center Atrium
RSVP to acastelot@fairfield.edu

Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions
Thursday, May 19; 6 p.m.; held at the Dolan School of Business Dining Room
RSVP to jhuber@fairfield.edu

Dolan School of Business
Graduate students who completed their programs in August 2015, January 2016, or May 2016 are invited.
Tuesday, May 17; 6:30-8 p.m.; held in the DSB Dining Room
RSVP to bdusenbery@fairfield.edu


College of Arts & Sciences
Saturday, May 21; 2 to 3:30 p.m.; Lawn area in front of McCormick Hall
No RSVP required

FAQs

WHERE ARE THE INDOOR & OUTDOOR COMMENCEMENT LOCATIONS?

View our campus map at http://www.fairfield.edu/directions

Outdoor Location:

The 66th Commencement Ceremony is scheduled to be held on Bellarmine Lawn.

Please come prepared with appropriate rain gear as the event will be held outside if at all possible.

Indoor Location:

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 campus buildings.

Changes to the ceremony location:

If the Commencement exercises must be held indoors because of severe and dangerous weather,University officials will notify students through the University's Stag Web Alert system. Information will also be placed on the Fairfield University website: www.fairfield.edu/commencement

Information will also be available on the Information Line (203) 254-4222


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 25 to 29, 2015. On Tuesday, April 26, the Registrar's Office will remain open until 7 p.m. for ticket pickup. For students not in the immediate area who wish to have their tickets mailed, e-mail your request and details to the Registrar's Office at registrar@fairfield.edu. Each degree candidate may pick up a maximum of five tickets for either the outdoor Commencement exercises or, in case of extreme or dangerous weather conditions, indoor ceremonies held in Alumni Hall. Due to space restrictions, five is the maximum number of tickets for each graduate for the indoor ceremonies.

Students are reminded to safeguard their tickets. Lost tickets will not be replaced. In the case of indoor Commencement ceremonies, no admittance to Alumni Hall will be allowed without a ticket.


WHERE DO I PICK UP MY ACADEMIC ATTIRE?

Academic attire that graduate degree candidates ordered online and will be distributed by the Fairfield University bookstore on Wednesday, May 18 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., in the Barone Campus Center lower level. Anyone who does not pick up a cap and gown on Wednesday the 18th can pick them up in the Bookstore/Spirit Shop in the Barone Campus Center (on-campus, not downtown) during regular bookstore hours Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and they will open at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday.

The cost of the Master's and Certificate of Advanced Study gown, hood, tassel and cap is $62.00. The cost of the Doctorate set is $77.00. Payment is due at the time of pickup. These are for the graduates to keep.


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 2 and May 6 for special arrangements.


HOW MAY I OBTAIN A COMMENCEMENT PROGRAM FOR THE UNIVERSITY'S 66th 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.


HOW MUCH TIME WILL THE CEREMONY TAKE?

The ceremony usually runs two hours.


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?

Yes. For information on ordering personalized announcements, diploma frames and class rings go to collegegrad.herffjones.com


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: http://www.fairfield.edu/about/thefairfieldstory/areahospitality/arearestaurants/


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 for your out of town guests. http://www.fairfield.edu/about/thefairfieldstory/areahospitality/areahotels/


IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

Office of Graduate Student Life: (203) 254-4000, ext. 2747

For information about graduate receptions as well as the most up-to-date information regarding Commencement.

Dean's Offices

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. 3019
School of Engineering: (203) 254-4147
Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies: (203) 254-4000 ext. 2701
Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions: (203) 254-4000 ext. 4250
University Registrar: (203) 254-4288

For information about a student's status in fulfilling degree requirements, and cap and gowns.

Student Accounts: (203) 254-4000, ext. 2165

For information on student financial accounts.

Public Safety (after May 1, 2016): (203) 254-4090

For emergencies or information regarding parking for physically disabled.