Family and guests are invited to join their graduates at all weekend ceremonies, awards and recognition events, College receptions and open houses, and the Baccalaureate Community Worship Service on Friday evening.
Senior Dinner and all rehearsals are for graduates only.
For students in the online bachelor’s degree completion programs, find your commencement details here.
Plan Your Visit
Norwich University is located at 158 Harmon Drive, Northfield, Vt. The Alumni Office maintains a comprehensive list of area accommodations. Do not hesitate to ask hotels if they offer discounted rates for friends and family attending Norwich University Commencement and Commissioning.
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Commencement ticket reservation will open in April, 2020. Students will be responsible for logging in to the ticketing request site with their Norwich credentials to reserve tickets. Students will be allotted a specific number of tickets for reserved seating.
Tickets are required for reserved seating at Saturday’s Commencement ceremony.
The ROTC Joint Commissioning Ceremony and individual branch commissioning ceremonies are not ticketed.
Accessible Seating for Guests with Disabilities and Limited Mobility
Guests using wheelchairs who have reserved tickets will be seated in the chair or space corresponding to their ticket. For ease of access, it is recommended that students reserve an aisle seat for guests using wheelchairs.
Note: One section of reserved seating is bleacher seating. While these seats provide guests a higher vantage point from which to view the ceremony, bleacher seating is not easily accessible by guests with disabilities and/or limited mobility, and bleacher seats do not have backs. Students should plan accordingly when reserving seats in the bleachers.
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 located on the ground floor of Wise Campus Center and will be open the following hours during Commencement and Commissioning weekend:
Friday, May 1, 2020 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 2, 2020 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 3, 2020 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Graduation Photos: Official graduation portraits are taken at the Commencement ceremony, directly after graduates receive their diplomas. 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.
Guest Dress Code
While Commencement and Commissioning ceremonies have no official dress code, we encourage families and guests to dress in a manner appropriate to the ceremonies. Many of our guests dress business casual.
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 in doubt as to which uniform is prescribed, verify with the senior ranking member of the ROTC unit for your service.
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 pick-up 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.
Ceremony Viewing Options
A live webcast of Commencement, Joint Commissioning, and Army Commissioning ceremonies will be available for family and friends unable to attend in person.
May 2, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Joint Commissioning Ceremony
May 3, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time
Army Commissioning Ceremony
May 3, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time
DVD videos of all weekend ceremonies, including the U.S. Air Force and Naval Commissioning ceremonies, will be available for purchase here.
Our Commencement and Commissioning dates are based on the academic calendar. To view the most current information on the academic calendar, please visit the Registrar’s Office website.