Class of 2021
Graduate and Professional Studies

On Sunday, May 16 at 9:30 a.m, Fairfield University will hold an Academic Celebration for graduate and professional studies graduates on Bellarmine Lawn in which deans, faculty, and students can celebrate academic achievements in-person by school and/or department. Each student may invite a maximum of two (2) guests to their respective celebrations. Ticket distribution information will be forthcoming.

In addition, Fairfield will hold a virtual Commencement ceremony to confer degrees on Sunday, May 23 at 9:30 a.m. This event will not involve any in-person activity. With no travel required, families and friends are encouraged to join the virtual Commencement to celebrate their students’ accomplishments.

In-person Academic Celebration:

  • Sunday, 5/16 at 9:30 a.m. on Bellarmine Lawn

Virtual Commencement Ceremony

  • Sunday, 5/23, at 9:30 a.m. online, with details to come.

General Questions

What factors were considered in the planning of Commencement for the Class of 2021?
How Do I Order My Cap & Gown?
When will I be considered a graduate?
Will I still receive my diploma?
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

Where will the in-person Academic Celebration take place?
Will the in-person Academic Ceremony be livestreamed for additional family members to participate?
How do I get my two tickets to the Academic Celebration?
Will I be required to be tested prior to coming to campus for my Academic Celebration?
If I decide not to attend my in-person Academic Celebration, can I get a refund for my Commencement fee?
Will my guests be required to be tested prior to arriving on campus for my Academic Celebration?

Virtual Ceremony Questions

What time will the virtual ceremony take place and how do I access it?
Will there be a special Mass celebrated for my class?

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