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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 2021!


RELIVE THE MOMENT: 2021 Commencement and Commissioning archives

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Q: How do I get to Norwich University?

A: Norwich University is at 158 Harmon Drive, Northfield, Vermont.

Airports serving Vermont include:

Burlington, Vermont (BTV)

45- to 60-minute drive to NU

Manchester, New Nampshire (MHT)

2-hour drive to NU

Albany, New York (ALB)

3-hour drive to NU

Montreal (YUL)

3-hour drive to NU

Boston (BOS)

3.5-hour drive to NU

Q: What’s the campus arrival protocol?

A: Norwich University’s campus will be open for student, faculty, staff and guest arrival beginning at 8 a.m. May 1 for 9 a.m. ceremonies, and 10:30-11:00 a.m. for the noon ceremonies. Ticketed guests are encouraged to arrive with ample time to security screening and access their event venues before the ceremonies start.

Q: What is the COVID-19 vaccination requirement?

A: Because our community’s health and safety are our highest priorities, we must abide by state guidelines for the COVID-19 pandemic, which include greatly limiting gathering sizes and visitors on campus. Norwich parents, family members and guests who plan to attend Commencement and Joint Commissioning must be prepared to demonstrate that they are fully vaccinated when they arrive on campus.

Campus visitors are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. Guests in a two-dose vaccination series must have completed their second dose no later than April 17; the same deadline holds for the single-dose vaccine.

Q: What sort of test will I need to prove I’m COVID-19-negative?

A: All campus visitors must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test collected within three days before arriving in Vermont. The test you get must be for a current infection (like a polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, test), but cannot be an antigen test (also known as a rapid test). Please bring proof of your negative test result with you.

If the test is positive, please do not come to Vermont. The state has published very clear guidelines for travelers arriving from out of state. Norwich University must adhere to these guidelines; they are state law. Quarantining does not exempt you from the testing requirement. You may choose to quarantine, but are still required to get a negative test before coming to Vermont.

People who have recovered from COVID-19 within the last three months do not need to test unless they develop new symptoms. To gain admission to the event, these guests will need to present a doctor’s note exempting them from a test.

Quarantining does not exempt you from the testing requirement. You may choose to quarantine, but are still required to get a negative test before coming to Vermont.

Q: How will we get on campus?

A: Two access gates will be established to enable access to campus, via I.D. White and University Drives. Both will be staffed by Norwich University public safety officers and Green Mountain Security Services personnel. Gate No. 1, I.D. White Drive: Only Norwich University VIP guests, faculty and staff may access campus through this gate. VIP guests may park on Burt Drive adjacent to Sabine Field at Haynes Family Stadium. Gate No. 2, University Drive: This gate will accommodate ticketed Commencement and Joint Commissioning guests, parents and family members assisting students in departing campus, or visitors.

Q: What do I need for campus entry?

A: Officers will ask all guests planning entry to Kreitzberg Arena or Shapiro Fieldhouse to present ALL documents. Ticketed guests who are not fully vaccinated will be directed to established campus locations to view the Commencement ceremonies virtually, or to pick up their student at their respective barracks or residential hall. Guests who fail to comply with these directions will be asked to leave campus.

All guests will be required to sign in according to location and provide address and cellphone number for contact tracing purposes as required by Vermont. Guests who fail to comply with these directions will be asked to leave campus.

Q: Where will I park?

A: Guests attending Commencement and Joint Commissioning ceremonies will park at Lots C, D, and G (Disney Field). Accessible parking will be reserved at Shapiro Fieldhouse’s west side and at Kreitzberg Arena for people with disabilities or special needs. Guests with valid accessible parking tags or mobility limitations may also park along I.D. White Drive.

All other campus parking lots are open for parking Saturday, May 1. Campus will be well marked for parking all weekend and parking attendants will direct traffic. Please comply with all posted signs, speed limits and parking staff’s direction to ensure everyone’s safety.

Q: We have a guest with special needs? Do we need to make special arrangements?

A: If you require specific services or accommodations, please contact Facilities Operations at 1 (802) 485-2150 or by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Q: Will there be golf carts?

A: Yes, in limited numbers, to take fully vaccinated, assistance-requiring guests from the Shapiro Fieldhouse or Kreitzberg Arena parking lots for Commencement.

Q: Will campus buildings be closed?

A: Yes. Guests and visitors will be barred from entering academic buildings; residential halls and barracks; the Wise Campus Center and bookstore; Kreitzberg Library; the Sullivan Museum and History Center; White Chapel, etc. at any time.

Q: Are animals allowed in ceremony and event venues?

A: Service animals are permitted in ceremony venues; pets are not.

For our 2021 graduates, a look back...

In the face of a pandemic, The Hill and all its roads to and from are forever graced by your grit, strength and determination.

Thank you, Norwich Class of 2021. We are proud.

Norwich Together! Norwich Forever!

Smile for the camera

Selfies taken at commencement

Mark Collier, our stealth Norwich photographer, will be capturing those special candid moments throughout the day. Come back here after May 4th to enjoy the galleries and download your favorites. These images are free for personal use and sharing with friends and loved ones.

Available May 4, 2021:

Commencement
2021 Photo Gallery

Commissioning
2021 Photo Gallery

These images are free for personal use and sharing with friends and loved ones. Be sure to tag #NorwichGrad21 to discover even more candid shots from the day!

Formal Portraits

formal portraits sample

For the more formal approach, we offer traditional portraits (smiles optional).

Available May 11, 2021:

Commencement and Commissioning
2021 Formal Portraits

Formal portraits of the Norwich Class of 2021 graduates will be available for review and purchase by May 11.

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