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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.


To: Norwich University Class of 2019

Subject: Commencement Tickets and Seating


General Information

Commencement 2019 will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 11 in Shapiro Field House. Doors to the venue will open at noon. Tickets are required for all guests in reserved seating. Reserved seating will be located in the center area of Shapiro Field House, immediately behind the graduates. Limited, non-ticketed seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Click here to view the 2019 Commencement Seating Map.

Accessible Seating

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.

Please 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.

Ticketing Site Availability

Students will be able to access the Commencement ticketing site on at 9 a.mMonday, April 1. The site will remain open through noon, Thursday, May 9. Students may request up to five (5) numbered tickets for the reserved seating area. A numbered ticket will correspond to each individual seat, and tickets must be presented for access to the reserved seating area. There is no fee to request tickets for reserved seating. Tickets are not required for children who will be seated on an adult’s lap.

Ticket Request Process

Remember to reserve your tickets early for best seating! Tickets are available in the reserved area on a first-come, first-served basis.

To request up to five (5) numbered tickets for reserved seating, follow these simple steps:

  1. Go to https://norwichcommencement.universitytickets.com
  2. Select the Login link in the “Eligible Graduate” box.
  3. Enter your Norwich University email address and your A#. (You must use an uppercase “A” when entering your A#.)
  4. Select Norwich 2019 Commencement
  5. Under Ticketing Information, select how many tickets you wish to reserve. You may reserve up to five (5) tickets.
  6. Choose Select Seat and select a section in red. Select the seats you wish to reserve and proceed to checkout.
  7. Once checkout is complete, you may print your tickets from either the website or the confirmation email. All guests wishing to sit in reserved seating on the day of Commencement must have their printed tickets with them in order to be seated.

Ticket Wait List

Students wishing to request additional tickets for reserved seating may do so using the wait-list feature.

Using the wait-list feature does not guarantee you will receive additional tickets for reserved seating at the Commencement ceremony. The availability of additional tickets is based on the number of graduates attending and the number of tickets that are left unclaimed. These tickets will be released to those who have reserved them via the wait list on a first-come, first-served basis. Please plan accordingly.

To request up to three (3) additional numbered tickets for reserved seating, follow these simple steps:

  1. Go to https://norwichcommencement.universitytickets.com
  2. Select Commencement Wait List
  3. Select the Login link at the bottom of the page.
  4. Select the drop down box and select how many additional tickets you would like to request. You may request up to three (3) additional tickets.
  5. Select Continue.
  6. You will receive an email confirming you have been added to the waitlist for additional tickets.

Please Note: Students will be notified via their Norwich email account that they have received additional tickets for reserved seating. This email will be sent after the ticket site closes at noon Thursday May 9, 2019. This email will contain further instructions on how to claim waitlist tickets. Waitlist tickets must be claimed within 24 hours of when the email was sent. Failure to do so will result in the release of those tickets back to the waitlist, where they will be reassigned to the next student on the waitlist.

Tickets for reserved seating that are not claimed by noon on Friday May 10, 2019, will be printed and made available at the door on the day of Commencement. These tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The availability of tickets on the day of Commencement are not guaranteed and will be limited to eight tickets per graduate.

If you have any questions regarding Commencement ticketing, please contact Clarke Haywood at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 1 (802) 485-3146.


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