Class of 2021

Academic Celebrations: Monday, May 17 to Wednesday, May 19
Virtual Commencement: Sunday, May 23

Congratulations Graduates!

The commencement events have concluded.

See the Undergraduate Class of 2021 Academic Celebrations Photos:

View flickr Album

In-Person Academic Celebrations on Bellarmine Lawn:

Monday, 5/17: 9:30 a.m.

  • College of Arts & Sciences – Social and Behavioral Sciences
    (Communication/PR, Politics, Economics, Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology)


Monday, 5/17: 2:00 p.m.

  • College of Arts & Sciences – Arts, Humanities, Natural Sciences, Math, Interdisciplinary, Other


Tuesday, 5/18: 9:30 a.m.

  • Charles F. Dolan School of Business – Finance, Economics, Information Systems and Operations Management, Business Analytics, Management


Tuesday, 5/18: 2:00 p.m.

  • Charles F. Dolan School of Business– Accounting, Marketing, International Business


Wednesday, 5/19: 9:30 a.m.

  • Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies


Wednesday, 5/19: 2:00 p.m.

  • School of Engineering


Virtual Commencement Ceremony

Sunday, 5/23: 9:30 a.m.


General Questions

What factors were considered in the planning of Commencement for the Class of 2021?
Does the University anticipate any additional updates to the Commencement schedule?
What is the best way to learn about alumni updates after graduation?
What if my Commencement question was not addressed on this FAQ page?

Academic Celebration Questions

Important Ticketing Notes
When and where should I arrive?
Where will we gather?
What should I bring?
What should my guests bring?
What will take place during the in-person Academic Celebrations?
Where will the in-person Academic Celebrations take place?
What am I required to wear for the in-person Academic Celebration?
How do I claim my two tickets to the Academic Celebrations?
Can I attend a different in-person Academic Celebration than the one I am assigned?
Will the in-person Academic Ceremonies be livestreamed for additional family members to participate?
I have a double major, what Academic Celebration should I be attending?
Will my guests be required to be tested prior to arriving on campus for my Academic Celebration?
Will my picture be taken at my Academic Ceremony?
I live at the beach, will there be transportation provided for the Academic Celebrations?
If I decide not to attend my in-person Academic Celebration, can I get a refund for my Commencement fee?
How long will the ceremony last?
What entrance should I be using to get onto campus?
Will I have to show anything upon entering?
What time will seating open for each ceremony?
Will guests be sitting with their graduate at the ceremony?

Virtual Ceremony Questions

What will be taking place at the virtual Commencement Ceremony on May 23?
What time will the virtual ceremony take place and how do I access it?

Commencement Checklist Questions

How can I be sure I am completing all the Commencement-related tasks?
How Do I Order My Cap & Gown?
Will I still receive my diploma?
When will I be considered a graduate?

Senior Experience Questions

Will seniors have an experience similar to Senior Week this year?
What should I know about the Senior Experience schedule?
Where can I claim by Senior Experience tickets?
Will these events sell out?
Can I bring a guest to these Senior Experiences?
How much are the Senior Experience events?
Will there be transportation provided for the Senior Experiences?
Are these events cancelled with weather?
Who can I contact for questions regarding the Senior Experience?

Remote/Commuter Student Questions

I have been learning remotely this semester or am currently a commuter, will I be able to attend my Academic Celebration?
What does the Commencement weekend testing protocol look like for remote and commuting seniors?
Will there be housing provided for remote or commuting seniors interested in attending the Senior Experiences and/or Academic Celebrations?

Testing Questions

What will the Covid-19 testing policy be like for the week of Commencement?
What happens if I test positive while on campus for the Senior Experiences and/or Academic Celebrations?
I will be fully vaccinated by the time of Commencement; am I exempt from the Commencement testing policy?

Schedule Questions

When should I plan to move out?
Will there be a special Mass celebrated for my class?
What is the Stags Seniors Restaurant Week?

Throwback Photos

2017 Orientation image

2017 Orientation

2017 Orientation image

Alumni & Family Weekend 2017


Class Of 2021 First-Year Academic Gathering Video

Class Of 2021 First-Year Academic Gathering

Fairfield in Focus 2017 Video

Fairfield in Focus 2017

Class of 2021 Move-In Day Video

Class of 2021 Move-In Day

Class of 2021 Facebook Group

The official Fairfield University Class of 2021 Facebook Group.

View Facebook Group

Get Connected

Be sure to update your contact information, including your preferred email and mailing address:

  1. Go to
  2. Click “Register Now” under First Time Visitor.
  3. Search by your first and last name.
  4. Select your name and enter your student ID number when prompted.
  5. Follow the prompts to set up your username and password.


Celebrate Your Graduate


Download Lawn Sign

Download the Class of 2021 lawn sign by clicking on the image below.

Class of 2020 Lawn Sign