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Let’s Celebrate the Class of 2020 Together on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 2 p.m. EDT

Shapiro may be empty, but our hearts are full

With unprecedented challenges before us, we have never been more proud of you, our Norwich graduates. The world needs your strength, talent, grit, and compassion now more than ever. Take with you the leadership and readiness skills you have honed at Norwich — semper paratus — always be ready. You are well prepared to serve. We are proud.

Congratulations, Norwich class of 2020!

MAY 2, 2020

Sept. 12, 2020— Virtual Commencement

We came together virtually to recognize and celebrate the Class of 2020 in a virtual Commencement Ceremony after the COVID-19 pandemic caused the cancellation of the scheduled in-person ceremony in May.

Live Recording

MAY 2, 2020

May 2, 2020—President Schneider

President Schneider's heartfelt reflection on missing you, his last graduating class under his 28-year presidency at Norwich.


MAY 2, 2020—Alumni welcome

Welcome to the Norwich family!

Your time on The Hill may have been cut short, but your connection to all that is Norwich has just begun.



2020 Virtual Commissioning Ceremony

President Schneider and RADM Dan MacDonnell '85 recognize the commissioning class of 2020.



For Our Student Athletes

From empty Sabine Field, President Schneider expresses his deep gratitude and loss. Coaches offer parting advice and thanks.



A Look Back

Surprise! What you would have seen on the big screen as you entered Shapiro Field House. Thanks for the memories.



Tri-Service Awards

Special salutes, all in the line of service. These awards honor students for leadership in our four military branches.



2020 Research and Creativity

2020 Celebration of Excellence in Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity.



Notes to you on Facebook

Alumni extend their words of wisdom, and humor, to the graduating class of 2020.



Custom NU Facebook Frames

Let’s cover the Norwich family’s Facebook profile pictures with messages of congratulations.


Special letter from Provost Sandra G. Affenito (PDF 371KB)


Virtual Commencement Program

From the Director of Alumni & Family Relations

On September 12th we will recognize the achievements of the Class of 2020 with a virtual commencement ceremony. Though they will not be able to walk the stage this year, Norwich President Mark C. Anarumo has extended an invitation for the class to do so at any future commencement until all members of the Class of 2020 have received that recognition. Perhaps some will wait until 2070 when they will celebrate commencement and enter the Old Guard in the same year!

Help welcome and celebrate our newest alumni!

Alumni: If you are interested in meeting the new grads in your area, let me know and we’ll help you connect with them.

Class of 2020: Your Norwich email address will expire at the end of October. Use this form to update your contact info now so we can invite you to alumni events and help you network and connect with other alumni and classmates wherever you go.

Important Dates

October 2019
May graduate applications due. (Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

March 2020
Summer and fall graduate applications due. (Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Grad Finale (REQUIRED FOR SENIORS) – Confirm eligibility to walk in May Commencement, order academic regalia, order the 2020 War Whoop, senior portrait retakes, and more. (Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

April 2020
Ticket-request site opens for students to reserve Commencement seating. (Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Senior Dinner Registration – For members of the graduating class of 2020. There is no cost to attend the dinner, although registration is required. (Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

May 2020
Sept. 12, 2020

Weekend Schedule

*For students in the online bachelor’s degree completion programs, find your commencement details here.

Memorabilia & Gifts

Announcements & War Whoop Tributes: Graduation announcements and War Whoop yearbook tributes may be ordered directly through Jostens.

Gifts: The Norwich University Bookstore and the Norwich Alumni Office offer a wide array of gifts, including diploma frames and commemorative Bicentennial items. The bookstore is on the ground floor of Wise Campus Center and will be open the following hours during Commencement and Commissioning weekend:

Friday, Sept. 11, 2020 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Graduation Photos: Official graduation portraits are taken at the Commencement ceremony, directly after graduates receive their diploma. Both senior and graduate portraits are available for order directly from Gray School Portraits.

Yearbooks: Copies of the 2020 War Whoop yearbook will be available for order directly through Jostens. Books will ship in late fall 2020.

Student Dress Code

Depending on the graduating student’s lifestyle, graduates will wear academic regalia, Dress Blues, or the dress uniform of their service if they are an active duty service member, Reservist, or National Guard. If you are unsure which uniform is prescribed, verify with the senior ranking member of your service’s ROTC unit.

Corps uniforms, pins, and laundering, pressing, and tailoring services are available at the Uniform Store. Corps graduates may wear academic honor society medallions, ribbons, badges, honor cords, and/or other awards.

Academic regalia is ordered at Grad Finale in March from Jostens. Academic regalia orders and pickup are coordinated by the University Bookstore. Graduates wearing academic regalia are required to wear appropriate business-casual attire underneath academic regalia. During the Commencement ceremony, caps/mortarboards are removed by all students for the National Anthem. Students should plan accordingly if they intend to pin their caps on. Students wearing academic regalia are not permitted to decorate their caps in any way.

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