Undergraduate Ceremony Speaker
Robert D. Manfred Jr.
The Commencement Ceremony will take place on the Bellarmine Lawn, behind Bellarmine Hall, high on a hill overlooking Long Island Sound. As you prepare to visit, keep in mind that reaching Bellarmine Lawn requires navigating an uneven grassy surface and walking up a large hill. Please come prepared for inclement weather with appropriate gear as every attempt will be made to hold the ceremony outdoors, even in rain. We ask attendees to refrain from using umbrellas during the ceremony in order to not block the view of others.
Guests are welcome to view the Undergraduate Commencement ceremony at the indoor livestream viewing locations specified on the back of all tickets. View our campus map to see the indoor live-stream viewing locations.
In the case of severe and/or dangerous weather, priority will be given to those who present a ticket to enter these locations since space is limited.
Yes, the ceremony will be live-streamed and archived on the University website.
Commencement programs will be distributed on campus at the entrance to Bellarmine Lawn, at all indoor viewing locations, and, in the event of severe and/or dangerous weather, at the entrance to the RecPlex.
The ceremony will be approximately two hours in length.
In the case of severe and/or dangerous weather, the University may choose to move the ceremony indoors to the Field House located within the RecPlex. Since space within this facility will be limited, Commencement will need to be split into two ceremonies as follows:
ONLY TWO (2) GUESTS PER GRADUATE WILL BE PERMITTED INDOORS with a valid, specially marked, indoor ticket which must be presented in order to enter the RecPlex Field House for the in-person ceremonies.
The three remaining tickets will have a specified indoor viewing location marked on the backside of the ticket. View our campus map to see the indoor live-stream viewing locations.
The decision to move Commencement indoors will be broadcast starting at 6 a.m. on Sunday, May 22. Each graduate will receive a message to their cell phone via the University 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.
Each student will receive five (5) tickets to the outdoor ceremony on Bellarmine Lawn. Due to space limitations, the University will not be able to distribute additional tickets. Students who do not need all of their allotted tickets may share with others if they choose.
In the case of severe and/or dangerous weather, the ceremony will be held inside the RecPlex Field House. Due to limited space, ONLY TWO (2) GUESTS PER STUDENT WILL BE PERMITTED INDOORS. A valid, specially marked, indoor ticket must be presented in order to enter the RecPlex Field House for the in-person ceremonies.
Please reference the "INCLEMENT AND SEVERE WEATHER PLAN"above in the Ceremony FAQ's for additional instructions.
In order to obtain your tickets, students must complete both the College Senior Survey and First Destination Survey, have no holds on their account, and complete the loan exit counseling. After completing these steps, students may pick up their Commencement tickets during the Commencement Fair on Tuesday, May 17 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. in the Lower Level of the Barone Campus Center. Students are required to bring their Stag Card for pick up.
Students who are unable to obtain their tickets at the Commencement Fair will have an opportunity to do so at the Stag Spirit Shop in the Barone Campus Center through Sunday, May 22. More information about the Stag Spirit Shop hours will be shared following the Commencement Fair.
Students are reminded to safeguard their tickets. LOST TICKETS WILL NOT BE REPLACED
For those without tickets, the ceremony will be live-streamed on the University website.
Fairfield University encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. The Commencement Ceremony will take place on the Bellarmine Lawn, behind Bellarmine Hall, high on a hill overlooking Long Island Sound. As you prepare to visit, keep in mind that reaching Bellarmine Lawn requires navigating an uneven grassy surface and walking up a large hill. Therefore, for those with disabilities, who wish to view the ceremony outdoors, a limited number of Disabled Seating has been arranged, on a first come, first served basis. Please note that the Disabled Seating space can accommodate persons with disabilities being accompanied by only one additional companion in this reserved seating section. The University does not provide wheelchairs for use during Commencement, however the Disabled Seating space can accommodate an individual’s own wheelchair.
For those who would prefer to view the ceremony indoors, there will be several locations across campus with live-streaming of the ceremony.
Per the Academic Regalia Policy and Guidelines, all students participating in the ceremony are required to wear regalia which includes a gown, hood, and cap with a black tassel.
An accessory, such as a cord, pin or stole, can further adorn one’s regalia if the accessory was presented as recognition of one’s academic achievement through: 1) a nationally-recognized honor society, or 2) an academic program sanctioned by the University (e.g., the Honors Program). The Office of the Provost approves all academic accessories prior to their inclusion in Commencement.
There are no accessories for the undergraduate Latin Honors: Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Cum Laude. Students who have achieved these honorary titles are noted in the Commencement program.
All students participating in the Commencement Ceremony are required to purchase regalia online by Saturday, April 9.
Ordering online by Saturday, April 9 is preferred and recommended, however for those who miss the online ordering deadline, there will be regalia available for purchase at the Commencement Fair on Tuesday, May 17 and at the Stag Spirit Shop the week prior to Commencement.
In order for students to pick up their regalia, they must complete both the College Senior Survey and First Destination Survey, have no holds on their account, and complete the loan exit counseling. Additional information can be found on the Commencement Checklist.
The first opportunity for students to pick up their pre-ordered items will be at the Commencement Fair, taking place Tuesday, May 17 at 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. in the Barone Campus Center, Lower Level.
Students who are unable to obtain their regalia at the Commencement Fair will have an opportunity to do so at the Stag Spirit Shop in the Barone Campus Center through Sunday, May 22. More information about the Stag Spirit Shop hours will be shared following the Commencement Fair.
The Baccalaureate Mass will be celebrated in the RecPlex, Field House on Saturday, May 21 at 4 p.m. There will also be a live-stream viewing in the chapel for overflow. Tickets are not required.
On Saturday, May 21, beginning at 2pm, the College of Arts & Sciences, the Dolan School of Business and the School of Engineering will host receptions for their respective undergraduate students and families. This optional event provides an informal opportunity to meet the dean and faculty members of each school.
Tickets are not required. Invitations and additional information will be sent to students by their respective Deans office.
Candidates for May graduation should access the Commencement Checklist to review a list of mandatory and optional Commencement-related action items and see their completion status.
All students are required to attend the Commencement Guidelines Meeting on Wednesday, May 18 at 10 a.m. at the Quick Center for the Arts. This is a non-ticketed event that reviews all aspects of the upcoming ceremony. Additional information to come.
Buses will be provided for transportation to campus for off-campus graduating seniors. Students should board the buses at Veteran’s Parking Lot by 7 a.m. Students will be dropped off at Canisius and report to their assigned location. Please sign by up May 1.Beach Bus Sign-Up Form
Students should process with their primary major. To double check which major they have listed, students should access the “Student Records“ task in my.Fairfield. Once there, they should select their ”Academic Transcript” and their primary major will be listed at the top.
Any student who wishes to update their primary major, should send an email to the firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Commencement.“ The email should include their name and ID# along with an explanation as to why they are looking to switch their primary degree to the one they currently have as their secondary.
Yes, a photographer from GradImages™ will be at your ceremony to take a candid photograph of you at your special moment of recognition. You will receive a free passport-sized digital proof of this photo on an order card within 5 to 7 days following the ceremony. After Commencement, graduates can locate their graduation photos online by visiting GradImages.com – as well as view and purchase custom photo products like prints, plaques, specialty gifts, and more.
The following pieces of information are required to access their account:
Since photographs will be available, family members and guests are encouraged to remain in their seats, relax and enjoy the ceremony.
Graduates can pre-register their name and email address at www.gradimages.com. By doing so, they will receive a discount of 20% off an order of $50 or more. To pre-register, visit www.gradimages.com and click on Registration.
If have any questions or concerns regarding your photos, please contact the Customer Service Department at (800) 261-2576, online at www.gradimages.com, or email email@example.com. There will be a large team of customer care representatives ready to help graduates and family members with anything they may need.
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 June. Additional questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disabled Parking will be offered on a first come, first served basis in the lot in front of the Dolan School and in the lots by the Barnyard Townhouses. To park in these lots, visitors will need to display government-issued Disabled Parking Permits. Volunteers provide intermittent transportation from these lots to Bellarmine Lawn to those with physical disabilities.
Yes. For information on ordering personalized announcements, diploma frames, and class rings please click here.
No. Because of the many events already taking place on campus, we are unable to offer space for private functions. We would suggest you contact a local restaurant or hotel. Visit the area hospitality page here.
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. Visit the area hospitality page here.
The Stag Spirit Shop, located in the Barone Campus Center, will be open as follows:
The Fairfield University Bookstore, located downtown at 1499 Post Road, will be open as follows:
Information about upcoming alumni programs and invitations to events is shared via email and is often based on your geographic location. 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. To make sure we have your most up-to-date email and home address in our system, you will want to register with our Alumni Online Community by visiting fairfield.edu/alumnicommunity.
From there, click “Register Now” under “First Time Visitor.” Search by your first and last name, enter your student ID when prompted, and follow subsequent prompts to set up your username and password. For questions, email email@example.com.
If you have any Commencement-related questions that were not addressed on this FAQ page, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
College of Arts and Sciences
(203) 254-4000, ext. 2227
Charles F. Dolan School of Business
Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies
School of Engineering
Stag Spirit Shop
Below is an archive of email communications that have been sent out about Commencement.
The official Fairfield University Class of 2022 Facebook Group.