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.
Putting the safety and welfare of Fairfield’s students, families, faculty, and staff above all else, representatives from every area of the University have been hard at work over the past year to explore every possible scenario for our Commencement ceremonies. As the pandemic has continued to evolve, the University has worked directly with the State of Connecticut, Town of Fairfield, and Department of Public Health to determine the best approach. These final plans are the result of all those efforts.
The ordering site will remain open for Class of 2021 graduate students who want to ship their orders home until April 17. Fairfield is covering the shipping cost until this time.
After April 17, students can order their regalia to be shipped with expedited shipping until May 1 and students will need to pay the $14.95 shipping fee. For students unable to access the ordering site or who do not want to pay for shipping costs, we will have extra regalia available at the pick-up event on May 13 and at the Stag Spirit Shop the weekend prior to the academic celebrations.
As long as you have met the requirements to graduate, you will be “graduated” on May 23, 2021, regardless of a physical ceremony. For purposes of educational attainment verification, your graduation will be reflected on your transcript. While we hope you are able to participate in this virtual ceremony, your participation in the ceremony does not affect your ability to graduate.
Upon verification that your graduation requirements have been met, the Registrar will mail your diploma to the address you provided on your graduation application. If you are scheduled to graduate in May, diplomas will be mailed out in early June. Additional related questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
While you will have access to your Fairfield email account as alumni, we also understand that it may or may not be your preferred email account. You may also register with our alumni community by visiting fairfield.edu/alumnicommunity and click “Register Now” under “First Time Visitor.” Search by your first and last name, select your student ID when prompted, and follow subsequent prompts to set up your username and password.
You can also forward your Fairfield University email to your personal account using these instructions.
If you have any Commencement-related questions that were not addressed on this FAQ page, please email email@example.com or you may call 203-254-4000, ext 2256.
The Academic Celebration will take place on Bellarmine Lawn, rain or shine, with social distancing protocols in effect. In the case of severe weather, there is a possibility the celebration will need to be canceled.
Yes, all Academic Ceremonies will be live-streamed and archived on the University website.
Tickets will be claimed through our University ticketing site. Students will receive their tickets through email as a PDF for distribution to their guests. Each ticket has a unique bar code that allows one entry into the event. The tickets should be treated as you would any other valuable.
We anticipate tickets being available on or around April 15th. Please check your email for updates.
Graduate students are not required to be tested prior to coming to campus, but are asked to monitor their health and not come to campus if any of the following statements are true:
Masks must be worn at all times while on campus.
No, fees will not be refunded. Graduation fees are always collected from all graduates regardless of their participation in Commencement ceremonies. The fee covers the cost of a number of elements of a student’s graduation including the processing and mailing of diplomas and more.
While guests are not required to be tested prior to their visit to campus, they are asked to monitor their health and not come to campus if any of the following statements are true:
All guests are asked to bring their own masks which will be required while on campus.
The Class of 2021 Commencement Ceremony will take place virtually on Sunday, May 23, at 9:30 a.m. Check your email and visit fairfield.edu/commencement over the next few weeks for more details.
Yes. On Sunday, May 23 at 11 a.m. the University will host a Sunday Mass in celebration of the Class of 2021. Check your email for more details.