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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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Voluntary attendance except for students who are on campus beginning Thursday, April 28. Instructions follow arrival to rehearsal, format of commencement program, followed by general announcements.

Rehearsal Arrival Time 

Arrive no earlier than 10 minutes before start.
8:00 am for 9:00 am commencement
11:00 am for Noon commencement

Rehearsal Arrival Location

Arrive to Doyle Entryway, street side

0800 (0900 Commencement)
Shapiro Fieldhouse - Architecture, Business, Criminal Justice
Kreitzberg Arena - CoSM

1100 (1200 Commencement)
Shapiro Fieldhouse - CDSC, Engineering, Nursing
Kreitzberg Arena - CoLA (non CJ)

Saturday Arrival

Doyle Entryway
0800 and 1100 respectively, sharp

Arrival expectations

  • Arrive in regalia or uniform as well as a mask. Corps, black mask.
  • No decorations are permitted on regalia including the mortarboard and masks, only approved honor cords or items presented by colleges or official NU groups.
  • No guests in student location.
  • Regalia must be worn to include hoods or uniform. Academic regalia is worn over business casual attire.

Enter through the Doyle Entrance from street. Shapiro will use sidewalk toward football field. Kreitzberg will use sidewalk heading in direction of student housing.

Upon entry, create a uniformed line keeping 6-ft apart from person in front of you. A name card will be provided with a number for line up.

Both lineup locations have stairs so anyone with physical limitations please contact Mr. Patrick Gardner (Kreitzberg) or Ms. Cynthia Suter (Shapiro) to discuss alternative lineup options.

Procession Begins

Procession begins at 0850/1150 sharp. Programs will be on your chair in the venue.

Procession to official ceremony location

Students process into venue, followed by Platform. (No faculty procession)
It is imperative that you stay in number order.

Venue Parade Line
Shapiro will process from Andrews Gymnasium to Shapiro.
Krietzberg Arena will process rink level from Doyle Concessions Hallway to rink level.

Pomp and Circumstance Pathway
Shapiro – enter North entryway to floor. Follow back wall to second Fire Egress. Turn right (West) to first row from stage. Fill in each row thereafter.
Kreitzberg – enter South end, rink level main overhead door. Walk left (West) follow wall to first row. Fill in each row thereafter.

Program Outline

  • Procession
  • Live Stream from Main Stage
  • Main Stage Shapiro, Screens Kreitzberg
  • Welcome
  • National Anthem
  • Civilian student will be asked to place hand over heart
  • Uniformed student will either be called to present arms or will present arms at the drum roll, or first note of Anthem
  • Invocation
  • President Remarks
  • Commencement Speaker
  • Alma Mater, verse 1
  • Conferral of Degree
  • Master candidates will be asked to rise
  • Master of Architecture Presentation of Candidates (tubes only, no hooding)
  • BA BS Candidates will be asked to rise
  • Student - Residential Coordinator to Stage (see next block)
  • Student - Regimental Commander to Stage (see second next block)
  • BA BS candidates will be asked to be seated
  • Individual locations
  • Live stream from each location
  • Presentation of Candidates
  • Each row will stand when prompted by Marshal
  • Closing Remarks
  • Recession

Tassel change from right to left

The Provost will ask the BA and BS students to rise. President will welcome the Senior Resident Coordinator and Regimental Commander to the stage.

Senior Resident Coordinator will tell Civilians to move the tassel from right eye to left eye. Mortarboards or Corps covers are not to be thrown.

Turning of Ring

Regimental Commander will ask the Corps of Cadets to turn your ring so that the word HONOR faces you and your heart.

Procession to Stage

Each row will be called to rise by the Marshal, first row will make way to stage left (your right). Remaining rows sit until instructed to rise. The line from stage will extend towards the side wall, your right. Please keep 6 ft between each person.

Processing Across Stage

Each student is called from first, primary major alphabetically. Your name card will be collected near the stage for one last review of number assignment. Stand on the top stair to wait for your name to be called.

Understand, there could be one to a few names called before yours so you must listen carefully. This is to ensure those watching virtually have the same experience.

At the middle of the stage, an empty diploma tube will be handed by the College Dean. There will be no hooding or other items presented, no handshakes.

As you exit the stairs, stage right a picture will be taken from the floor with marks, please pause and look for the photographer. You may remove the mask for portrait, but must be placed back immediately following the photo.

Immediately return to your row and seat. Please be seated.

Recession Expectations

The platform party will process first. A Marshal will be available for assistance.

Shapiro – Do not follow platform party. Front row from stage will first Exit left (South, stage right) from row to middle fire egress and recess through overhead door. Each row to back wall will follow.

Kreitzberg – Follow platform. First row from stage will walk right (East, stage left) and follow East wall heading South to main overhead door. Each row to back of rink floor will follow.

Please walk a fair distance to ensure all students can exit safely distanced.

After the first ceremonies, we plan for a 30 minute regroup for the second ceremony. Please do not congregate once outside. Have a designated plan with your family. There are no group activities on the College grounds.

Commissioning

Commissioning will follow the Commandant’s instructions

Demonstration of hood placement

The “V” faces your chest, velvet on the outside. Colors on back rolled out.

Conduct

A representative will be assessing inappropriate conduct, or inability to participate as an active celebrant and if so, will be asked to leave the procession.

Announcements

Bookstore will be open for late regalia pick-up Saturday, May 1, 0800-1000

Many details are on the commencement website such as:

  • Picture orders
  • Mandatory exit loan counseling for those who took loans
  • Make sure your personal email is registered via BannerWeb, will lose NU email in roughly 120 days.

Diploma mailing and transcripts

Diplomas will be mailed the week of June 1 by USPS in a mailing tube but will not be signed receipt but will have a tracking number. Those who do not participate will also be mailed the commemorative maroon tube. August graduate’s diploma will be mailed the second to third week in September.

Transcripts may be ordered and marked hold for degree. If remaining courses are not being taken on-campus, please do not order until after June 1 and do NOT mark hold for degree. The same process will be for our August graduates, and diplomas will be mailed the second to third week in September.

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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