Senior Week

Overview

SENIOR WEEK 2019

Friday, May 10 - Saturday, May 18, 2019

Senior Week is a weeklong program in May that culminates the Fairfield experience for the graduating class. The week allows the graduating classes a final opportunity to strengthen friendships, reflect on their years at Fairfield and celebrate their accomplishments with faculty, staff and their families prior to graduation. Senior Week 2019 will consist of ten (10) different events, taking place both on and off campus!

 

Schedule

Champagne Toast

This is an exclusive event for members of the Class of 2019 that have donated to the Senior Class Gift! Those who donate $20.19 are invited to join the Senior Class Gift Committee at this annual event, which officially welcomes you into the Fairfield Alumni Family! For those that haven’t donated yet, you can donate today to receive your champagne toast invitation.

Date: Friday, May 10

Time: 5 - 6:30 p.m.

Location: Bellarmine Mansion

Dress: Dress pants, collared shirts, skirts or sundresses

Includes: Champagne, words from President Nemec, networking with classmates & views of Bellarmine Lawn 

Price: $20.19 Senior Class Gift contribution! Give Today! 

 

 

Beach Mass

Come together to worship and receive a special blessing at Lantern Point as you get ready to start a new chapter of your life! All members of the Class of 2019 are welcome. Fr. Mark Scalese, S.J., will be presiding.

Date: Sunday, May 12

Time: 5 - 6 p.m.

Location: Lantern Point at Fairfield Beach

Rain Location: Egan Chapel of St,. Ignatius Loyola

Dress: Dress pants, collared shirts, skirts or sundresses

Price: Free

 

 

Senior Soiree - "Shine Bright"

Gather as the Class of 2019 Manor Yearbook is dedicated to this year’s most influential Fairfield community member. Share drinks, food and memories as you have an opportunity to mingle with your favorite star faculty and staff – one last time!

Have a Fairfield University community member that has positively impacted your Fairfield experience?
Invite them HERE and we'll send them a personalized invitation to Senior Soiree on your behalf!

Date: Monday, May 13

Time: 3:30 – 6 p.m.

Location: John A. Barone Campus Center Tully Dining Commons, 4th floor

Dress: Dress pants, collared shirts, skirts or sundresses

Includes: Words from President Mark R. Nemec, PhD, Manor Yearbook Dedication, light hors d’oeuvres, soft drinks and open bar (beer/cider/wine) (last call at 5:30 p.m.)

Price: $20

*Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

 

 

Service Day - "Set the World on Fire"

Spend the afternoon setting the world on fire, as you help facilitate a field day for local students at Bryant Elementary School in Bridgeport. You’ll assist in leading carnival games, dance routines and more!

Date: Tuesday, May 14

Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Buses depart 10:30 a.m. from Alumni Hall, rain or shine)

Location: Bryant School, Bridgeport, CT

Dress: Relaxed and closed-toed shoes

Includes: Transportation, Super Duper Weenie & Mister Softee food trucks and a free t-shirt

Price: $5 - all proceeds donated to Bryant School!

*Only 100 spots - Buy early!
*In order to participate in this event, students must take university-provided transportation. 

 

 

Two Dollar Tuesday -"3, $2, 1, Blast Off!"

Don’t miss out on your final $2 Tuesday as a Fairfield University undergraduate student!  

Date: Tuesday, May 14

Time: 10 p.m.  – 1 a.m. 

Location: Seagrape Cafe, 111 Reef Road, Fairfield

Price: Free

 

 

Paint (& Sip) Your World

Are you creative? Love to paint or want to try something new? We provide the mimosas, blank canvases, paint, and all the guiding instructions you’ll need to leave campus with your very own world class painting! It’s everything a great event should be—friends, drinks, and laughter! Both sessions will be identical.

Date: Wednesday, May 15

Session 1: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 

Session 2: 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Location: Barone Campus Center Dogwoods Room, 3rd floor

Includes: Mimosas and step by step painting instructions to create a canvas painting of your choice

Price: $35 per person

 *In order to participate in this event, students must take university-provided transportation.
*One guest ticket per person is available for an additional $35.
*Tickets will be available for purchase at the door, if space allows.

 

 

Adventure Park - "Into the Jungle"

Explore 11 jungle trails, 21 zip-lines, six difficulty levels and almost 161 challenge bridges as you enjoy the view from high up in the trees. Both sessions will be identical.

Date: Thursday, May 15

Session 1: Noon - 2:30 p.m. (Buses depart at 11:30 a.m. from Alumni Hall, rain or shine)

Session 2: 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. (Buses depart at 2:30 p.m. from Alumni Hall, rain or shine)

Location: Bridgeport, CT 

Includes: Transportation, zip-lining training, access to all zip-lining courses & pizza

Dress: Closed-toe shoes required

Price: $35 per person 

*In order to participate in this event, students must take university-provided transportation.
*One guest ticket per person is available for an additional $35. 

 

 

Commencement Ball - "Shoot for the Stars"

Dance the night away under the starry night, spending time with friends in this formal beach side setting! Your class will have this entire venue to yourself!

Date: Thursday, May 16

Time: 7 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. (Buses depart at 6:30 p.m. from Alumni Hall and Veteran’s Park, rain or shine)

Location: Off-Campus 

Rain Location: Event is held rain or shine

Includes: Transportation, buffet dinner, dancing, DJ Oracle and full open bar (last call at 10 p.m.)

Dress: Formal attire

Price: $115 per person

*In order to participate in this event, students must take University-provided transportation. Any student that shows up to this event without prior permission will be turned away, regardless of the fact that they purchased a ticket.
*One guest ticket per person is available for an additional $115, but this event may sell out, as there are only 750 tickets available.
*Please contact seniorweek@fairfield.edu with any food allergy requests.

 

Senior Picnic - "The Great Outdoors"

Travel off-campus for a relaxing day in the great outdoors! This day will be filled with food, drinks and multi-sport activities: canoeing, kayaking, swimming, volleyball, softball, rock climbing, mini-golf, egg-toss, pie-eating contests and more! Your class will have this entire venue to yourself for a fun day under the sun!

Date: Friday, May 17

Time: 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Buses departs Alumni Hall & Veteran’s Park at 10:15 a.m., rain or shine)

Location: Off-Campus 

Rain Location: Event is held rain or shine

Includes: Transportation, unlimited food & soft drinks, open bar (beer/cider/wine) and recreational activities (last call at 3 p.m.)

Menu: Gluten free options are available upon request

Dress: Bathing suit, towel & closed-toe shoes are recommended

Price: $105 per person

*In order to participate in this event, students must take University-provided transportation. Any student that shows up to this event without prior permission will be turned away, regardless of the fact that they purchased a ticket.
*One guest ticket per person is available for an additional $105.
*Please contact seniorweek@fairfield.edu with any severe food allergy requests.

 

 

Family Dance - "The Adventure Awaits"

All members of the Class of 2019 and their invited guests are encouraged to begin their adventure throughout all four floors of the Barone Campus Center. Each will be filled with unlimited drinks, food, live band entertainment and numerous opportunities for dancing.

Date: Saturday, May 18

Time: 7:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.

Location: John A. Barone Campus Center, all floors

Includes: Three floors of live band entertainment, heavy hors d’oeuvres, desserts, soft drinks & open bar (beer/cider/wine) and shuttles to/from beach & campus parking lots (last call at 11 p.m.)

Price: $35 per person (children 12 and under, free)

Dress: Dress pants, collared shirts, skirts or sundresses

Shuttles: While you may drive yourself to this event, we will also have shuttles running to/from Lantern Point and the Traffic Circle starting at 7 p.m. with the last shuttle leaving campus at Midnight. Shuttles will also run on campus from the Dolan Hall, Dolan School of Business, Village, Quick Center, and Jogues Hall parking lots to the Barone Campus Center throughout the event. 

 

Ticket Pricing

Ticket Sales Begin: Sunday, March 31, 2019

Ticket Sales End: Ticket Sales for Senior Week 2019 will end for off campus events on Friday, May 3, 2019 for off-campus events. On-campus events will sell until the date, space permitting. 

At The Door Tickets: Tickets for Senior Soiree, Paint & Sip and Family Dance will be available for purchase at the door.

Ticketing: It is required that seniors print out AND end their tickets to their mobile phone for entrance into these events. Both of these actions can be done by logging into their online ticketing account at tickets.fairfield.edu and clicking “my account” on the top red bar and then clicking “print e-tickets or send tickets to a mobile phone.” When you click "send tickets to your mobile phone," you will be texted a QR code. Faster entrance to the event will be guaranteed if all seniors have a paper ticket and as a backup, have a texted QR code ready.

Identification: For entrance and alcohol consumption at on-campus events, Stag Cards are required. For off-campus events, your State-ID is required for loading of the buses. No pictures of ID cards will be accepted. If you have a guest attending an event with you, please make sure they are with you in line for the event and/or bus and sit with you on the bus.

Personal Belongings: No backpacks or large bags are allowed (with the exception of Senior Picnic), small purses are permitted, but please know that all personal belongings will be checked. No alcohol will be allowed on the buses.

Bus & Shuttle Schedule:

  • Tuesday, May 14: Service Day buses depart Alumni Hall at 10:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, May 15: Adventure Park buses depart Alumni Hall at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 16: On-campus Commencement Ball buses depart Alumni Hall at 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 16: Beach resident Commencement Ball buses depart Veterans Park at 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, May 17: On-campus Senior Picnic buses depart Alumni Hall at 10:15 a.m.
  • Friday, May 17: Beach resident Senior Picnic buses depart Veterans Park at 10:15 a.m.
  • Saturday, May 18: Family Dance beach resident shuttles will run to/from Lantern Point and the Traffic Circle starting at 7 p.m., with the last shuttle leaving campus at 12 a.m.   
  • Saturday, May 18: Family Dance campus shuttles will run between Dolan Hall, Dolan School of Business, the Village, the Quick Center and Jogues parking lots to the John A. Barone Campus Center throughout the event.

*In order to participate in off-campus events, students must take University-provided transportation. Any student that shows up to an event without prior permission will be turned away, regardless of the fact that they purchased a ticket. No alcohol will be allowed on the buses.

The University reserves the right to cancel an event at any time, if the safety of our students is in jeopardy. Please be mindful of your behavior and the University Student Code of Conduct.

 

Ticket Pricing
[$350 - If All Events Are Purchased]

Beach Mass

$0

Senior Soiree

$20 

Two Dollar Tuesday

$0

Service Day

$5 - All proceeds donated!

Paint & Sip

$35/ per person

Adventure Park 

$35/ per person

Commencement Ball

$115/ per person

Senior Picnic

$105/ per person

Family Dance

$35/ per person (under 12 years free)

 

Payment may be made with American Express, MasterCard, or Visa
[Discover Cards not accepted]
or with cash or check by calling 203-254-4000, ext. 2081.

Financial Assistance

The Student Life Financial Assistance Program is an initiative within the Division of Student Affairs that assists students who may not have the financial means to attend or participate in University sponsored events, programs, or opportunities, especially Senior Week. 

This application is specifically for any student in the Class of 2019 that is in need of assistance for this year's Senior Week events. Once the application is submitted, a professional staff member within the Office of Student Engagement reviews it. Should this professional staff member need additional information, they will contact the student to set up a meeting to discuss their application. Please note that this is a confidential process, and that the decision determined by the office/department is final.

The deadline for all Senior Week Financial Assistance requests is Friday, April 26, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. 

 

All applicants will hear from the Office of Student Engagement by Friday, May 3, 2019 regarding the status of their application. Should applicants purchase tickets and then become informed that they have received financial assistance, they will be reimbursed.

If you have any questions regarding this Senior Week Financial Assistance Application, please contact:

Danielle Parisi
Program Coordinator
Office of Student Engagement
seniorweek@fairfield.edu
203-254-4000 ext. 2641

Sponsor A Senior

The Office of Student Engagement invites you and/or your department to Sponsor a Senior Week ticket or Senior Week ticket package for a senior with high financial need!

Senior Week is a weeklong program that offers the graduating classes a final opportunity to strengthen friendships, reflect on their years together at Fairfield, and celebrates their accomplishments with faculty, staff and their families prior to graduation. This year’s Senior Week will consist of ten (10) different events taking place both on and off campus! The total Senior Week ticket package will cost students $350. Student Engagement’s Sponsor a Senior program, with contributions from faculty and staff, will allow high-need seniors to attend Senior Week events that they otherwise would not be able to attend.

The program works on a first-come, first-served basis for in-need seniors. For interested faculty and staff, there are two sponsoring options:

  1. You may contribute to the general Sponsor a Senior program (anonymously, if you wish). These funds will be used toward tickets for seniors who apply for the Student Life Financial Assistance Program and are deemed high-need.
  2. If there is a specific high-need senior you would like to sponsor, you may choose for your contribution to go toward that student’s ticket(s) (anonymously, if you wish). Should the senior being sponsored have purchased his or her Senior Week ticket(s) prior to being sponsored, we will refund them their full purchase price.

The Sponsor a Senior program is open to both individuals and departments that would like to contribute. 

The deadline for all Sponsor a Senior submissions is Friday, April 26, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. 

 

Sponsored seniors will hear from the Office of Student Engagement by Friday, May 3, 2019 regarding the status of their sponsorship.

If you have any questions, please contact: 

Danielle Parisi
Program Coordinator
Office of Student Engagement
(203) 254-4000 ext. 2641
seniorweek@fairfield.edu

FAQs

Q: Are these events cancelled with weather?

A: All events take place, rain or shine.

Q: Can I drive myself to the events?

A: In order to participate in off-campus events, students must take University-provided transportation. Any student that shows up to an off campus event without prior permission will be turned away, regardless of the fact that you purchased a ticket.

Q: Where do I get picked up if I live at the beach?

  • For Senior Soiree and Paint & Sip you will be responsible for driving yourself to campus for these events.
  • For Two Dollar Tuesday you will be responsible for your own transporation to the beach for this event.
  • For The Adventure Park you will be responsible for driving yourself to campus to load the buses.
  • For Commencement Ball and Senior Picnic you will be picked up and dropped off at Veteran's Park.
  • For Family Dance you are responsible for driving yourself to campus for the event or taking one of the Family Dance shuttles from Lantern Point.

Q: Can I get tickets at the door for these events?

A: Tickets will be available for purchase at the door for Senior Soiree ($20), Paint & Sip ($35) and Family Dance ($35) - Children 12 years & under are free for Family Dance. All other event tickets will need to be purchased online prior to the event.

Q: Can I bring a guest to the events?

A: Guests are welcome to come to Paint & Sip, The Adventure Park, Commencement Ball, Senior Picnic & Family Dance. Guests are not permitted at the other events in order to accommodate all seniors that would like to attend. Guests are required to have State-ID for attendance into events. No pictures of ID cards will be accepted. If you have a guest attending an off-campus event with you, make sure they are with you in line for the bus and sit with you on the bus. Remember: Students are held responsible for their guest’s actions throughout Senior Week.

Q: Will these events sell out?

A: There is always a chance that our off campus events will sell out. We suggest purchasing your tickets earlier, rather than later.

Q: Can I receive a refund for a ticket?

A: Yes, if you request a refund prior to Friday, May 3rd. After this date, all ticket purchases are non-refundable. Refunds can be requested by emailing seniorweek@fairfield.edu.

Q: Do I need to bring anything with me to the events?

A: For entrance and alcohol consumption at on-campus events, Stag Cards are required. For off-campus events, your State-ID is required for loading of the buses. No pictures of ID cards will be accepted. If you have a guest attending an event with you, make sure they also have a State-ID and are in line with you for the event and/or bus.

Q: I have a dietary and/or accessibility needs, who should I contact?

A: Please contact Colleen Wilson, at 203-254-4000, ext. 2081 or seniorweek@fairfield.edu at least one week prior to the week to request disability or dietary accommodations. In all situations, a good faith effort (up until the time of the event) will be made to provide accommodations.

Q: Anything else I should be aware of?

A: Participation in any event during Senior Week requires that all Fairfield University students abide by our Senior Week Waiver. Thus agreeing to follow all event guidelines and conduct oneself at all times in accordance with The Fairfield University Student Handbook (Student Conduct Code). Students must acknowledge that failure to follow said guidelines or act in a manner contrary to said Student Conduct Code will result in immediate removal from the event and referral to the Office of the Dean of Students.

Family Dance FAQ's:

Q: Do I need a Family Dance ticket for every member of my family?

A: Yes, each person that is attending Family Dance will need to purchase a $35 ticket; this includes your current Fairfield student. Although, please note: children 12 years and under are free of charge. Family Dance tickets will also be available at the door for $35. Acceptable payment methods include credit cards (Discover cards, not accepted) & cash.

Q: I bought too many tickets for Family Dance. Can I have the extra tickets refunded?

A: Yes, if you request a refund prior to Friday, May 3th. After this date, all ticket purchases are non-refundable. Refunds can be requested by emailing seniorweek@fairfield.edu.

Q: Should I eat dinner before attending Family Dance?

A: There will be finger foods and desserts served on all floors of the John A. Barone Campus Center, thus it is up to you, if you would like to eat dinner with your group beforehand.

Q: Is Family Dance handicap accessible?

A: Yes, please arrive through the John A. Barone Campus Center 2nd floor doors (by the traffic circle and old Information Desk) or from the John A. Barone Campus Center parking lot. Should you have specific accommodations, please contact Colleen Wilson, at 203-254-4000, ext. 2081 or seniorweek@fairfield.edu at least one week prior to the week to the event to request specific accommodations.

Q: If I drive to the event and park in one of the parking lots on campus, can I receive transportation to the event?
A: Yes, shuttles (yellow school buses) will also run on campus from the Dolan Hall, Dolan School of Business, Village and Quick Center and Jogues Hall parking lots to the John A. Barone Campus Center throughout the event to allow for easy transportation from parking lots.

Q: If my student lives at the beach are we able to get a safe ride to campus for the event?
A: Yes, shuttles (yellow school buses) will run to/from Lantern Point and the John A. Barone Campus Center Traffic Circle starting at 7 p.m. with the last shuttle leaving campus at 12 a.m.

Academic Events

#StagGradDay

#StagGrad Day is an essential event for all graduating seniors. It is a one-stop shop for all tasks leading up to commencement.
Be sure to review your Senior Checklist to ensure you have completed all tasks required to pick up items related to commencement at this event.

Date: Monday, April 29

Time: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Location:  Barone Campus Center Lower Level

 

Undergraduate Students Commencement Guidelines Meeting

Date: Wednesday, May 15

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: Quick Center for the Arts

 

Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies Reception

Date: Saturday, May 18

Time: 10 a.m. – Noon

Location: Quick Center for the Arts

 

Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies Pinning Ceremony

Date: Saturday, May 18

Time: 2 - 3 p.m.

Location: Quick Center for the Arts

 

Honors Program Ceremony and Reception

Date: Saturday, May 18

Time: 1 – 2 p.m.

Location: Egan Chapel

 

Dolan School of Business Reception

Date: Saturday, May 18

Time: 2 – 3:30 p.m.

Location: Dimenna-Nyselius Library Tent (Rain Location: Faber Hall Dining Commons)

 

College of Arts & Sciences Reception

Date: Saturday, May 18

Time: 2 – 3:30 p.m.

Location: Barone Campus Center Green (Rain Location: Fairfield Prep Student Life Center)

 

School of Engineering Reception

Date: Saturday, May 18

Time: 2 – 3:30 p.m.

Location: Bannow Atrium

 

Baccalaureate Mass

Date: Saturday, May 18

Time: 4 p.m.

Location: Alumni Hall

 

69th Commencement Ceremony

Date: Sunday, May 19

Time: 9:30 a.m.

Location: Bellarmine Lawn (Rain Locations: found here)

Commencement 2019 - Senior Bus Signup

Buses will be provided for transportation to campus for off-campus graduating seniors. Students should board the buses at Veteran’s Parking Lot at 7 a.m. – buses will depart no later than 7:15 a.m. Students will be dropped off at the campus Traffic Circle and report to their assigned classrooms.

2019 Hotels

Lodging in and around the Fairfield University area? Check out these local hotels.

 
 
 

Senior Week Contact

Colleen Wilson
Assistant Director of Student Programs
Office of Student Engagement
(203) 254-4000 ext 2081
seniorweek@fairfield.edu

 

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