Fairfield, see the Stag with cross of gold.

Four years unravel quicker than sand, faster than trains, smoother than coffee before an 8 a.m.

This campus will be your home.

It waits for you here.

Its secret thrills, its hidden gems, its worth is lying here in wait.


Fairfield, see the ones surrounding you here. See your roommates, your floormates, your professors, your fellow Stags.

You are one of us now, and we are glad to welcome you here.

Welcome home.


Time is short: four years fly faster than $2 Tuesday’s at the ‘Grape. Try the pancakes at Chip’s and always order the guacamole at Chipotle.

Rest late and rise early, visit the stars at least once from Bellarmine Mansion at midnight.

If the class starts at 8, wake up at 7:50.


Ride the stag before graduation comes, and go on a Kairos retreat to discover the mystery.

Be wary of the turkeys, and always take the back booth at Barone.

Use the stir-fry station to melt chocolate chips from the ice cream bar, and make chocolate covered strawberries.

Sneak out as much food as your pockets can fill.


Drink if you want. Don’t drink if you don’t want to.

If people pressure you unfairly, they aren’t your friends.


Befriend a Jesuit – they are people with great stories and humor.

Live in a residential college and you’ll find a unique community to call home.

Enjoy the happy hours on Wednesday nights at Loyola Hall.

Walk the back lawn of Bellarmine Mansion at least once before you walk into your commencement address.


Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.

What causes you to get out of bed in the morning,

And what fills you with joy or with grief.


Tell your friends how you feel.

Don’t struggle alone.

Visit the counseling center (it’s free)

And remember that it’s okay to not be okay.

It’s okay to need help.

We are human. We are Stags.

We need each other to thrive,

In this community near the Long Island Sound.


Visit the beach and stick your toes in the water, especially on evenings when it is freezing.

The chill in your bones will remind you that you are alive.


Study abroad, spend all your money.

Travel somewhere unusual and live in a different culture.

This is the best opportunity you have to live in another country for an extended period of time.

Do it.


Question everything. Say thank you.

Say I love you.

Say I’m sorry.

Ask why not.

Say yes.


Oh Fairfield, see the Stag with cross of gold.

Walk this campus with bright eyes – this is your new home.

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