COMMENCEMENT WEEKEND 2005

Dear Families and Graduates of the Class of 2005:

Spring semester has arrived, and before we know it, you and your families will be celebrating Norwich Commencement 2005 Weekend. To assist you in making plans for this special occasion, a schedule of activities and final semester events follow.

Commencement Exercises

Graduation ceremonies will be held in Shapiro Field House on Sunday, May 15, at 10:30 a.m. There are no tickets issued for the ceremony, though seating capacity is limited to 5,000. Times and locations for the Baccalaureate Service, Military Commissioning, Order of the Engineer, Nurses' Pinning and Architecture & Art Awards ceremonies are listed below.

Graduates are expected to wear appropriate attire and footwear for the Commencement exercises. Uniform for the Corps of Cadets is Dress Blues with white trousers, white service cover and white gloves for both males and females. Male civilian students should wear a shirt and tie with trousers and dress shoes. Female civilian students should wear a dress or slacks and closed dress shoes.

For family and friends who require special accommodations, please contact Facility Operations at 802.485.2148 or e-mail facoper@norwich.edu. Handicapped parking is available near Shapiro Field House.

New Graduate Reception

The Norwich University Alumni Association welcomes the Class of 2005 and their families to a New Graduate Reception on May 14 in Milano Ballroom from 4-6:00 p.m. This is a wonderful opportunity for graduates to start a lifetime of alumni relations with their alma mater.

We look forward to seeing you on Commencement Weekend!


Friday, May 13

  • Commencement Rehearsal - 9:00 a.m. in Shapiro Field House

Saturday, May 14

  • Commissioning Ceremonies
    • Air Force - 8:30 a.m. in White Chapel
    • Army - 10:30 a.m. in Plumley Armory
    • Navy/Marine Corps - 11:00 a.m. in White Chapeld
  • Order of the Engineer - 1:00 p.m. in Dole Auditorium
  • Architecture & Art Awards (Ceremony & Reception) - 2-4:00 p.m. in Chaplin Gallery
  • Baccalaureate - 2:30 p.m. in White Chapel
  • Nurses Pinning - 4:00 p.m. in Dole Auditorium
  • New Graduate Reception (All 2005 Graduates & Families) - 4-6:00 p.m. in Milano Ballroom
  • Catholic Mass - 4:30 p.m. White Chapel

Sunday, May 15

  • Commencement Ceremony - 10:30 a.m. in Shapiro Fieldhouse
  • Post-Commencement Luncheon - 12:30–2:00 p.m. in Harmon Hall -- Graduates dine for free. Others may purchase luncheon tickets at the door of Harmon Hall after Commencement on May 15. Price: $7/Adult (3 for $20); $6/Child (children under five dine at no cost)

Dining Hall Hours

Saturday, May 14

  • Brunch: 9:30-1:30 p.m. Price: $7/Adult; $6/Child (children under five dine at no cost)
  • Dinner: 5-6:30 p.m. Price: $8/Adult (3 for $20); $7/Child

Sunday, May 15

  • Breakfast: 7:30-9:30 a.m. Price: $4.50/Adult; $4/Child (children under five dine at no cost)

If you have questions, please contact nuprovost@norwich.edu