Convocation Graduate

First Year Academic Gathering

"The key, of course, is cura personalis - the "care of the whole person." ... When you pay attention to the whole person, something quite remarkable happens: what emerges is a person who is integrated, and fully alive - alert, healthy, mature, compassionate, and confident.
- President Jeffrey Von Arx

September 6, 2016 at 5 p.m. on the Bellarmine Lawn

Rain Location: Quick Center and Gonzaga Auditorium

The Purpose and Focus of the Academic Gathering

The First Year Academic Gathering traditionally marks the start of the academic year commemorated by a coming together of the Fairfield University community. In addition to welcoming the class of 2020, it is a time set aside for the community as a whole to reflect on not only academic pursuits but also the larger mission and values of the institution. Finally, the Class of 2020 will receive their class gift. The ceremony will take place on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 5:00 P.M. on the Bellarmine lawn.

K‚ÄĆeynote Speaker

Sara Brill headshot

Dr. Sara Brill completed her BA degree Cum Laude at Trinity University . Following this, she earned a PhD in Philosophy at The Pennsylvania State University with an emphasis on ancient philosophy, ancient medicine and 19th and 20th century European philosophy. During her time at The Pennsylvania State University she was awarded a doctoral fellowship and teaching assistantship. During her doctoral studies Dr. Brill was also awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for study in Freiburg, Germany. Her scholarship includes numerous articles in prestigious journals in the field of philosophy and several book chapters. She is the author of Plato on the Limits of Human Life, published in 2013 by Indiana University Press and a forthcoming book Antiquities beyond Humanism with Emanuela Bianchi and Brooke Holmes, currently under contract with Oxford University Press. In progress is her latest monograph Aristotle on the Concept of Shared Life. Dr Brill was the 2014 Awardee for Distinguished Teaching in the College of Arts and Sciences. A portion of the award citation states “ Her learning environment is characterized by trust and mutual support, openness and intellectual integrity. Her classroom is a learning community in which students feel safe to examine their own assumptions and beliefs”. Dr. Brill, a full professor of Philosophy, has also served as the Director of the Classical Studies Program and as an Associate Director of the Humanities Institute at Fairfield University.

The Class of 2020 Common Read

One of the key aims of Jesuit education is to form women and men for others, to foster awareness of injustice and the knowledge and willingness to act for the common good.

How to find: Access the Common Reading page. We are asking all incoming first-year students to complete the reading before September. If you will be participating in the webinar, please complete the readings and reflective questions prior to the dates listed below.

Summer Collaborate Webinar Experience - Earn your first FYE credit

There are two 60-minute Collaborate Webinars scheduled on August 1st at 8:30 PM and August 9th at 8:30 PM. These are designed for students to engage with one another on these topics. This is also an opportunity to meet your new classmates and familiarize yourself with the virtual campus community. Please log in to your checklist to sign up for one of the Collaborate Webinar experiences. All common readings and reflective questions should be completed prior to the start of the webinar.