Saturday, Sept. 12 at 2 p.m.
Shapiro Field House
Doors open at noon.
We request all graduates and guests to respect the following campus-wide policies with regards to our venues and grounds:
- No food or drink is permitted in Shapiro Field House with the exception of water and baby food/formula.
- Per Vermont state law and Norwich University policy, absolutely no alcoholic beverages are permitted on campus grounds outside of Partridge Pub in the Wise Campus Center or catered events. Anyone violating this code will be removed from campus.
- Pets are not permitted in ceremony venues and many parking areas are not shaded. Service animals are permitted.
- Umbrellas are permitted inside ceremony venues, but must remain closed at all times.
- Strollers are not permitted in Shapiro Field House’s aisles or seating areas. Please park strollers along the building’s back wall.
Tickets are numbered and correspond to individual seats in reserved seating areas. Ushers will be available to assist guests in locating their seats. Tickets must be presented for access to reserved seating areas.
Note: At the Commencement ceremony’s close, Norwich Artillery Battery will fire a Pack Howitzer cannon outside the venue. For guests with noise sensitivities, please consider reserving seats on the venue’s right side, away from the main doors.
Accessibility & Special Needs
Accessible seating: Guests using wheelchairs who have reserved tickets will be seated in the chair or space corresponding to their tickets. For ease of access, it is recommended that students reserve an aisle seat for guests using wheelchairs.
Please note: One section of reserved seating is bleacher seating. Although 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 lack backs. Students should plan accordingly when reserving seats in the bleachers.
Hearing-impaired guests: An American Sign Language interpreter will be present to translate the Commencement ceremony for guests who are deaf or hearing-impaired. The interpreter will be located on the main stage.
Ceremony Viewing Options
Guests on campus for Commencement who do not have tickets for the ceremony in Shapiro Fieldhouse are invited to celebrate at either of two satellite viewing locations in Mack Hall Auditorium or in the Abare Dining Room in Wise Campus Center. Commencement will be livestreamed in both locations at 2 p.m. Eastern Time.
A live webcast of Commencement, Joint Commissioning, and Army Commissioning ceremonies will be available for family and friends unable to attend in person.
Sept. 12, 2020 at 2 p.m. EDT
DVD videos of all weekend ceremonies, including the U.S. Air Force and Naval Commissioning ceremonies, will be available for purchase here.
Dress Code and Decorum
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.
During Commencement, guests are encouraged to hold their applause until all graduates walk across the stage to allow everyone’s name to be heard. Please be respectful to all of our students.
Official graduation portraits will be taken to the left of the stage, directly after graduates receive their diplomas. Both senior and graduate portraits are available for order directly from Gray School Portraits.
Some guests take this opportunity to congratulate their graduates up close and snap a candid photo. We ask that guests remain in the roped area dedicated for this purpose and respect all venue and security signs.