Senior Week

Overview

 

Senior Week is a weeklong program in May that culminates the Fairfield experience for the Class of 2018. 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. The year's Senior Week will consist of nine (9) different events, taking place both on and off campus!

TICKET SALES FOR SENIOR WEEK 2018 WILL BEGIN ON SUNDAY, APRIL 1, 2018!

 
 
 

SENIOR WEEK 2018 SCHEDULE OVERVIEW 

Sunday, May 13 - Sunday, May 20

Below events are for members of the Class of 2018 (& guests** where noted) Only:

Sunday, May 13, 2018

7 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Mass for Class of 2018

Monday, May 14, 2018

3:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Senior Soirée

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Senior Service Day

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Stag Night

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

7 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Commencement Ball**

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Noon - 4 p.m.

Adventure Park**

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Noon - 3 p.m.

Brewery Tour

Friday, May 18, 2018

1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Senior Picnic**

Below events are for members of the Class of 2018 & any invited guests, families & friends:

Saturday, May 19, 2018

4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Baccalaureate Mass*

On the day preceding Commencement, this liturgy of thanksgiving honors the senior class. During the Mass, faculty in academic regalia, administration and staff offer blessings to our graduating students and wish them well on their future endeavors, while being serendaded by Fairfield's very own Glee Club! This is a free, non-ticketed event.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

8 p.m. - 12 a.m.

Family Dance

On the eve of Commencement you'll have the opportunity to experience Fairfield’s John A. Barone Campus Center as you've never seen before! Travel through all four floors with your family and friends wile enjoying unlimited drinks, food, live band entertainment and lots of dancing! All members of the Class of 2018 and any invited guests are welcome and encouraged to attend! The more the merrier!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Undergraduate Commencement*

This is a free, ticketed event.

 

* = Not included in Senior Week 9 event package

 

Schedule

Mass for Class of 2018

All members of the Class of 2018 are invited to come together to receive a special blessing, as you embark on the next chapter of your life! All faiths are welcome and encouraged to attend! Fr. Mark Scalese, S.J. will preside.

Date: Sunday, May 13

Time: 7 – 8 p.m.

Location: Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius

Price: Free

 

Senior Soirée

This cocktail hour event is a great opportunity to mix and mingle with your favorite Fairfield University campus faculty and staff members, thanking them for helping to make your past for years so memorable! You won't want to miss the Class of 2018 Manor Yearbook dedicated to this year's most influential Fairfield community member! 

As you think about the past four years, who are the Fairfield University community members that have made an impact on you? Now's your time to thank them, by inviting them to be your guest at Senior Soiree! Fill out the link below with the faculty, staff or administrator's contact information and we will send them a personalized invitation to this event on your behalf! 

Date: Monday, May 14

Time: 3:30 – 6 p.m.

Location: Barone Campus Center Oak Room

Includes: Light hors d’oeuvres, soft drinks, open bar (beer/wine - last call at 5:30 p.m.)

Dress: Dress pants, collared shirts, skirts, or sun dresses

Price: $20

 

 

Senior Service Day: Stags Give Back

Spend the afternoon giving back by helping local kids experience their annual field day at an elementary school in Bridgeport! You'll have the opportunity to lead dodgeball, run sack races, face painting and so much more!

Date: Tuesday, May 15

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

Location: Bryant School, Bridgeport, CT

Includes: Transportation, lunch and a free T-Shirt!

Dress: Closed toed shoes recommended

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.

 

 

Stag Night

Enjoy this happy hour event, including good food, great music and breathtaking waterfront views! Transportation provided following the event to your final $2 Tuesday at the Grape!

Date: Tuesday, May 15

Time: 6 p.m.  – 9 p.m. (Buses depart at 5:30 p.m. from Alumni Hall and Veteran's Park)

Location: Undisclosed/Off-Campus 

Includes: Transportation, DJ PROJO, taco bar, hour of open bar (beer/wine) followed by cash bar (last call at 8:30 p.m.)

Price: $30

*In order to participate in this event, students must take university-provided transportation.

*This event may sell out, as there are only 300 tickets available.

 
 

Commencement Ball

Travel to your very own farewell ball as you dance the night away on the beach front property among the picturesque sunset!

Date: Wednesday, May 16

Time: 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. (Buses depart at 6 p.m. from Alumni Hall and Veteran’s Park)

Location: Undisclosed/Off-Campus 

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

Dress: Red, Black and White tie affair

Price: $115 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 $115, but this event may sell out, as there are only 700 tickets available.

 

 

Adventure Park

Explore 11 trails, 21 zip lines, 6 difficulty levels, and almost 161 challenge bridges in the largest forest climbing park in New England. 

Date: Thursday, May 17

Time: Noon - 4 p.m. (Buses depart at 11:30 a.m. from Barone Campus Center Traffic Circle, Rain or Shine)

Location: Bridgeport, CT 

Includes: Transportation, aaccess to zip-lining courses, pizza & DJ Entertainment

Dress: Closed toed 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. 

 

 

Two Roads Brewery

Two Roads isn't just the logo on their building, it's their philosophy. Spend the day taking the road less traveled and have some fun drinking beer, chatting with friends and getting a tour of the amazing facility!

Date: Thursday, May 17

Time: Noon - 3 p.m. (Buses depart at 11:30 a.m. from Alumni Hall, Rain or Shine)

Location: Stratford, CT 

Includes: Transportation, access to private party room, brewery tour, 2 beer tickets (followed by cash bar - last call at 2:30 p.m.), pizza & lawn games

Price: $35

*In order to participate in this event, students must take university-provided transportation.

*This event may sell out, as there are only 180 tickets available.

 

Senior Picnic

Travel off-campus for a relaxing day filled with food, drinks, and recreational activities: canoeing, swimming, volleyball, rock climbing, mini-golf, egg-toss, pie-eating contests and more!

Date: Friday, May 18

Time: 1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (Buses departs Alumni Hall & Veteran’s Park at noon, Rain or Shine)

Location: Undisclosed/Off-Campus 

Includes: Transportation, unlimited food & soft drinks, open bar (beer/wine - last call at 5 p.m.) & recreational activities.

Dress: Bathing suit, towel & closed toed shoes are recommended

Price: $110 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 $110.

 

 

Family Dance

On the eve of Commencement you'll have the opportunity to experience Fairfield’s John A. Barone Campus Center as you've never seen before! Travel through all four floors with your family and friends while enjoying unlimited drinks, food, live band entertainment and lots of dancing! All members of the Class of 2018 and their invited guests are welcome and encouraged to attend! The more the merrier!

Date: Saturday, May 19

Time: 8 p.m. - 12 a.m.

Location: Barone Campus Center: Lower Level, Oak Room & Tully Dining Hall

Includes: Three floors of live band entertainment, heavy hors d’oeuvres, desserts, soft drinks & open bar (beer/wine - last call at 11:30 p.m.) and shuttles to/from beach & campus parking lots.

Dress: Dress pants, collared shirts, skirts, or sundresses

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

Shuttles: While you can most certainly drive yourself to this event, we will also have shuttles running to/from Lantern Point and the Traffic Circle starting at 7:30 p.m. with the last shuttle leaving campus at 12:30 a.m. Shuttles will also run on campus from the Dolan, Village and Quick Center parking lots to the Barone Campus Center throughout the event. 

 

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: Should I eat dinner before attending Family Dance?
A: There will be food served on all floors of the John A. Barone Campus Center, thus we suggest eating dinner at the event instead! There will be plenty to choose from, including desserts!

Q: Is Family Dance handicap accessible?
A: Yes, please arrive through the Barone Campus Center 2nd floor doors (by the traffic circle and old Information Desk) or from the 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: 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: If I drive to campus for 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, Village and Quick Center parking lots to the 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 Barone Campus Center Traffic Circle starting at 7:30 p.m. with the last shuttle leaving campus at 12:30 a.m.

 

Ticket Pricing

Ticketing: It is required that seniors print out AND send 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.

At the Door Tickets: Tickets will be available for purchase at the door for Senior Soiree ($20) and Family Dance ($35).

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.

 
TICKET PRICING ($350)

Mass for Class of 2018

$0

Senior Soiree

$20

Senior Service Day

$5 - All proceeds donated!

Stag Night

$30

Commencement Ball

$115/ per person

Adventure Park or Brewery Tour

$35

Senior Picnic

$110/ per person

Family Dance

$35/ per person (under 12 yrs free)

 

Senior Week Sweatshirts can also be purchased for $35

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.

Senior Week Sweatshirt

PRICE - $35

THESE ARE LIGHTWEIGHT HEATHER GRAY SWEATSHIRTS WITH THE VINTAGE SENIOR WEEK DESIGN!

You will receive an email when your sweatshirt is ready to be picked up in the Office of Student Engagement, BCC 96.

Senior Week 2018 Sweatshirt Sample

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 2018 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 27, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. 

 

All applicants will hear from the Office of Student Engagement by Friday, May 4, 2018 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:

Elizabeth Elliott
Program Coordinator
Office of Student Engagement
elizabeth.elliott@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 celebrate their accomplishments with faculty, staff and their families prior to graduation. This year’s Senior Week will consist of nine (9) 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 27, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. 

 

Sponsored seniors will hear from the Office of Student Engagement by Friday, May 4, 2018 regarding the status of their sponsorship.

If you have any questions, please contact: 

Elizabeth Elliott
Program Coordinator
Office of Student Engagement
(203) 254-4000 ext 2641
elizabeth.elliott@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: No, in order to participate in off-campus events, students must take university-provided transportation.

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

  • For Senior Soiree you will be responsible for driving yourself to campus for the event.
  • For Stag Night, Commencement Ball and Senior Picnic you will be picked up at Veteran's Park.
  • For the Adventure Park and the Brewery Tour you will be responsible for driving yourself to campus to load the buses.
  • For Family Dance you are responsible for driving yourself to cmapus 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) 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 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 4th. 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: 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 Fairfield University Student Code of Conduct. Failure to follow any event guidelines may result in an immediate ejection from the event and potential University disciplinary action. The University Code of Conduct policies apply to all students, both on and off campus. Students arrested for criminal offenses (misdemeanor or felony) are subject to University disciplinary action as well. Sanctions include, but are not limited to, loss of off-campus status for future years and graduation restrictions for seniors. Remember: students are held responsible for their guest’s actions throughout Senior Week.

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 get the extra tickets refunded?

A: Yes, if you request a refund prior to Friday, May 4th. 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 food served on all floors of the John A. Barone Campus Center, thus we suggest eating dinner at the event instead! There will be plenty to choose from, including desserts!

Q: Is Family Dance handicap accessible?

A: Yes, please arrive through the Barone Campus Center 2nd floor doors (by the traffic circle and old Information Desk) or from the 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, Village and Quick Center parking lots to the 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 Barone Campus Center Traffic Circle starting at 7:30 p.m. with the last shuttle leaving campus at 12:30 a.m.

 

 

Other Important Dates

Visit the Senior Checklist page for a full list of senior class deadlines and action items related to your May 2018 graduation!

 

Friday, May 11, 2018

6 p.m.

*Class of 2018 Champagne Toast, Bellarmine Hall

*This is an exclusive event for those who have made or will make a contribution to the Senior Class Gift!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Commencement Guidelines, Regina A. Quick Kelley Theatre

This is a free, non-ticketed event that reviews all aspects of the commencement ceremony and is mandory for all May graduates.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Cap & Gown Pick Up, BCC Lower Level

Thursday, May 17, 2018

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Cap & Gown Pick Up, Spirit Shop, BCC 2nd Floor

Friday, May 18, 2018

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Cap & Gown Pick Up, Spirit Shop, BCC 2nd Floor

Saturday, May 19, 2018

9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

8 p.m. - 12 a.m.

Cap & Gown Pick Up, Spirit Shop, BCC 2nd Floor

Sunday, May 19, 2018

7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

Cap & Gown Pick Up, Spirit Shop, BCC 2nd Floor

 

Saturday, May 19, 2018

2 p.m.

Egan School of Nursing Pinning Ceremony

This is a free, ticketed event. 

Quick Center for the Arts Kelley Theatre

2 p.m.

College of Arts & Sciences Reception

This is a free, non-ticketed event. 

Quad in front of 70 McCormick Residence Hall

2 p.m.

Charles F. Dolan School of Business Reception

This is a free, non-ticketed event. 

DiMenna-Nyselius Library Lawn

2 p.m.

School of Engineering Reception

This is a free, non-ticketed event. 

Bannow Science Center Atrium

4 p.m.

Baccalaureate Mass

On the day preceding Commencement, this liturgy of thanksgiving honors the senior class. During the Mass, faculty in academic regalia, administration and staff offer blessings to our graduating students and wish them well on their future endeavors, while being srendaded by Fairfield's very own Glee Club. This is a free, non-ticketed event. 

Alumni Hall

 

Sunday, May 20, 2018

9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

68th Commencement Exercises - Undergraduate Ceremony

This is a free, ticketed event. 

Bellarmine Lawn

11:30 a.m.

Official Diploma Pick Up

Kelley Center, Registrar's Office

3 p.m.

68th Commencement Exercises - Graduate Ceremony

This is a free, ticketed event. 

Bellarmine Lawn

Visit Fairfield University's Commencement site for a full list of commencement details, events and helpful links!

 

 

2018 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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