Arrival and Parking
Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement Ceremonies
Sunday, May 19, 2019

To make safety, comfort, and the process of parking on campus the day of Commencement as delay-free as possible, the following are important and helpful guidelines to adhere to during the 2019 commencement ceremonies.

Arrive Early

The heaviest volume of traffic arrives in the half hour prior to the start of the undergraduate commencement ceremony. Please instruct your guests to arrive before 9 a.m.

  • Vehicles traveling northbound on I-95 should use the Round Hill Road Exit #22 and enter campus through the northwest (Jogues Hall) gate
  • Vehicles traveling southbound on I-95 should use the North Benson Road Exit #22 and enter campus through the south (Barlow Road) gate
  • Vehicles traveling from either direction on the Merritt Parkway (CT Route 15) should take Exit #44 and enter campus through the main entrance or Fairfield Prep entrance, both on North Benson Road

On Campus Parking and Direction

Important: To direct the flow of traffic, certain roads on campus will be closed before the ceremony. University Public Safety and Fairfield Police officers will be directing all vehicles to parking areas Roadways must remain accessible for emergency vehicles. Roadways must remain accessible for emergency vehicles. Vehicles found parked in fire lanes, or blocking any campus gates or roadways, will be subject to being towed at owner’s expense.

Campus Commencement Map and Parking Lot Designations

There is a special Campus Commencement Map available that provides the locations of Commencement parking lots as well as indoor viewing locations for viewing Commencement ceremonies. This map will be available to visitors on shuttle buses from the parking lots.

Handicapped Parking

Handicapped parking is limited around campus. Graduates may pick up a permit for a relative at Public Safety beginning May 1, 2019, after completing the necessary form. Public Safety is location in Loyola Hall, Ground Floor, Room 2.

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 prefer indoor seating.

These climate controlled locations are easily accessible and will be available for your families use rain or shine. Please see the list of indoor viewing locations on the Campus Commencement Map.

A wheelchair accessible platform is available at the Commencement site. These guests may be accompanied by only one (1) family member and are strongly advised to arrive early. Commencement tickets are required for seating in this area. If you have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Public Safety at (203) 254-4090 or in Loyola Hall, Ground Floor, Room 2.

Shuttle Buses Available

Shuttle buses will be available for rides from all signed parking areas to a drop-off near the Commencement location. Shuttles will also provide rides back to the lots after the ceremony. Please remember the name and/or number of the parking lot. See our Campus Commencement Map here.

Inclement Weather Plans and Indoor Viewing of Ceremonies

Come prepared for inclement weather as every attempt will be made to hold the ceremony outdoors. In the event of severe weather, Commencement will be held indoors at Alumni Hall and each undergraduate student will have two (2) indoor guest tickets and each graduate student will have five (5) tickets, which must be presented to gain entry. There are also many locations around campus with high quality, live video viewing of the Commencement ceremonies.

If Commencement is held indoors, that decision will be broadcast starting at 6 a.m. on Sunday, May 19. Each graduate will receive a message to their cell phone via our StagAlert emergency notification system, and full details will be posted on www.fairfield.edu, digital signage in the Barone Campus Center, and the recording on the University’s main phone line, (203) 254-4000. Additional information can be found at fairfield.edu/commencement.

The Department of Public Safety congratulates you on your accomplishment. We will do everything possible to make the 69th Commencement weekend a wonderful and memorable occasion for everyone.

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