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Graduate School Receptions

Graduating students and their family and friends are invited to attend the receptions hosted by their school/program. It is a great opportunity to meet and mingle with Deans and faculty and celebrate graduation.

Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies
Saturday, May 19; 10:30-noon; Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts

School of Engineering
Saturday, May 19, 2-3:30 p.m.; held in Bannow Science Center Atrium

Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions
Wednesday, May 16, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.; held at the Dolan School of Business Dining Room

Dolan School of Business
Saturday, May 19; 2 – 3:30 p.m.; held in the Faber Hall Dining Commons


College of Arts & Sciences
Saturday, May 19; 2-3:30 p.m.; Fairfield Prep Berkman Hall Building

FAQs

WHERE ARE THE INDOOR & OUTDOOR LOCATIONS FOR GRADUATION?

View our Commencement Campus Map

Outdoor Location

The 68th Commencement ceremony is scheduled to be held on Bellarmine Lawn. Commencement, if at all possible will be held outdoors, even in drizzle or rain, so please come prepared with appropriate rain gear. We ask attendees to please refrain from using umbrellas during the ceremony so as to not block the view of others.

Indoor Location

In the case of severe and dangerous weather, officials may choose to move the ceremony indoors to Alumni Hall. View the campus map here. Each degree candidate is given a maximum of five (5) tickets for the outdoor Commencement exercises. Two (2) of these outdoor tickets will be special indoor tickets valid for two guests only for undergraduate indoor exercises, and five (5) tickets are allotted for indoor viewing for graduate exercises. Tickets that do not admit the holder to Alumni Hall will have a specified indoor viewing location marked on the ticket. View our campus map to see the indoor live-stream viewing locations.

Changes to ceremony location:

Any delays or cancellations will be communicated via the website at fairfield.edu and the University’s Stag Alert system. Information will also be placed on www.fairfield.edu/commencement.


HOW MAY TICKETS BE PROCURED?

Students who have completed their undergraduate or graduate destination surveys may pick up their Commencement tickets during the below dates and times. Each student may claim up to five (5) tickets for families and friends to use for the outdoor ceremony.

  • Monday, April 23rd from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Registrar’s Office in Kelley Center
  • Tuesday, April 24th from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Registrar’s Office in Kelley Center
  • Wednesday, April 25th from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Registrar’s Office in Kelley Center
  • Thursday, April 26th from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Registrar’s Office in Kelley Center
  • Friday, April 27th from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Registrar’s Office in Kelley Center

Outdoor exercises will be held on Bellarmine Lawn. Indoor exercises, in the case of severe and dangerous weather, will be held at Alumni Hall.

Students are required to bring their Stag Card for pick up. They are also reminded to safeguard their tickets. Lost tickets will not be replaced. For students not in the immediate area who wish to have their tickets mailed, e-mail your request and details to the Registrar's Office at registrar@fairfield.edu

For those without tickets, there will be several indoor locations with live video streaming of Commencement ceremonies. Continue to check this website for updates.


WHERE DO I LEARN THE PROPER INFORMATION ABOUT UPCOMING COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY?

You will be required to attend the Commencement Guidelines Meeting prior to walking at commencement. This is a non-ticketed event that reviews all aspects of the upcoming ceremony. You may attend either of the meeting dates below:

  • Tuesday, May 15th from 5 - 6 pm in the Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing Rooms 103/104.
  • Thursday, May 17th from 5 - 6 pm in the Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing Rooms 103/104.


WHERE DO I PICK UP MY ACADEMIC ATTIRE?

Academic attire that Graduate degree candidates ordered online will be distributed by the Fairfield University Stag Spirit Shop, 2nd floor of Barone Campus Center.

Recommended Pick Up Times (following the Commencement Guidelines Meetings):

  • Tuesday, May 15th 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Spirit Shop (for graduate students who have preordered their cap and gown online only)
  • Wednesday, May 16th from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Lower Level Barone Campus Center, 5:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Spirit Shop
  • Thursday, May 17th from 9:00 am to 7:00 p.m. at the Spirit Shop
  • Thursday, May 17th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (for graduate students who have preordered their cap and gown online only)
  • Saturday, May 19th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. - midnight at the Spirit Shop
  • Sunday, May 20th from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Spirit Shop

The cost of the Master's and Certificate of Advanced Study gown, hood, tassel and cap is $65. The cost of the Doctorate set is $80. Payment is due when the order is placed online. These are for the graduates to keep.


ARE THERE ANY 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 would prefer indoor seating. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the Department of Public Safety at (203) 254-4090 or in Loyola Hall, Ground Floor, Room 2.


HOW MAY I OBTAIN A COMMENCEMENT PROGRAM FOR THE UNIVERSITY'S 68th COMMENCEMENT?

Commencement programs will be distributed by student ushers at the entrance to Bellarmine Terrace or, in the event of severe and dangerous weather, at the entrance to Alumni Hall.


HOW MUCH TIME WILL THE CEREMONY TAKE?

The ceremony usually runs two hours.


WILL THERE BE PRINTED ANNOUNCEMENTS AVAILABLE FOR GRADUATES TO SEND TO RELATIVES AND FRIENDS?

Yes. For information on ordering personalized announcements, diploma frames and class rings go to https://www.herffjones.com/schools/college/06000254000/


IS THERE SPACE AVAILABLE ON CAMPUS FOR A PRIVATE RECEPTION DURING COMMENCEMENT WEEKEND?

No. Because of the many events already taking place on campus, we are unable to offer space for private functions. The Town of Fairfield and the surrounding areas are filled with wonderful restaurants and event spaces that may accommodate your party: https://www.fairfield.edu/about-fairfield/about-the-town/area-hospitality/


WHAT ABOUT HOTEL RESERVATIONS?

There is a wide selection of hotels within two to 10 miles of the campus. It is strongly recommended that you make reservations as soon as possible to ensure space for your out of town guests. https://www.fairfield.edu/about-fairfield/about-the-town/area-hospitality/area-hotels/


IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

Office of Graduate Student Life: (203) 254-4000, ext. 2747

For information about graduate receptions as well as the most up-to-date information regarding Commencement. Dean's Offices For information about a student's status in fulfilling degree requirements.

College of Arts and Sciences: (203) 254-4000 ext. 2227
Charles F. Dolan School of Business: (203) 254-4070 ext. 3019
School of Engineering: (203) 254-4147
Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies: (203) 254-4000 ext. 2701
Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions: (203) 254-4000 ext. 4250
University Registrar: (203) 254-4288

For information about a student's status in fulfilling degree requirements, and cap and gowns.

Student Accounts: (203) 254-4000, ext. 2165

For information on student financial accounts.

Public Safety (after May 1, 2018): (203) 254-4090

For emergencies or information regarding parking for physically disabled.