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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.

Video

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.

Video

VIRTUAL CEREMONY

2020 Virtual Commissioning Ceremony

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

Video

COACHES

For Our Student Athletes

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

Video

SENIOR SLIDESHOW

A Look Back

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

Slideshow

TRI-SERVICE

Tri-Service Awards

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

Awards

RESEARCH

2020 Research and Creativity

2020 Celebration of Excellence in Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity.

Recognition

FACEBOOK

Notes to you on Facebook

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

Advice

FRAMES

Custom NU Facebook Frames

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

Pride

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

2020

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.


COMMENCEMENT
Saturday, Sept. 12 at 2 p.m.
Shapiro Field House
Doors open at noon.

Campus Map

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.

Seating

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.

 

A limited number of wheelchairs are available for transport needs. Please contact Facilities Operations at 1 (802) 485-3146 or by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange assistance.

 

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.

 

Special requests: If you require additional services or have questions, please contact Facilities Operations at 1 (802) 485-3146 or by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Our top priority is an enjoyable experience for all of our guests.

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.

Commencement Ceremony
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.

Photo Finish

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.

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