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Family and guests are invited to join their graduate at all weekend ceremonies, awards and recognition events, college receptions and open houses as well as at the Baccalaureate Community Worship Service on Friday evening.

Senior Dinner and all rehearsals are for graduates only.

Plan your visit

The Alumni Office maintains a comprehensive list of area accommodations. Please ask hotels if they offer discounted rates for friends and family attending Norwich University Commencement and Commissioning.

Directions from your location to Norwich can be mapped here.

Online Campus Map   Campus Map (PDF Version)


Commencement tickets will become available on March 15th at 10:00 a.m. 

Students, please check your email on the morning of March 15th with instructions to reserve your and your guests' tickets through our online delivery system. Instructions will be provided in the email notification. Notifications will be sent to students who are eligible to participate in the 2023 Commencement ceremony and who have submitted the graduation application. For questions regarding graduation applications, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  For questions regarding ticketing, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Students will initially be allowed four guest tickets for general seating in Shapiro Field House. Tickets are free. Information regarding tickets will be emailed to graduates shortly before the ticketing reservation site opens. Only graduates (not family members) will be able to access the ticketing reservation site. 

Tickets will be required for general seating in Shapiro Field House for the Commencement ceremony. For those without tickets, there will be an overflow space in Kreitzberg Arena for guests to view a live stream of the event. Kreitzberg Arena seats are not limited.

The ROTC Joint Commissioning Ceremony and individual branch Commissioning ceremonies are not ticketed.

Norwich University | Commencement | Ticketing - 2023 Commencement Ceremony

Accessible seating for guests with disabilities and limited mobility:  For ease of access, guests will be directed by Commencement staff to accessible seating areas.

Note: One section of 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 limited mobility, and bleacher seats do not have back support. Seating in bleachers requires climbing that is not always convenient to celebratory attire. Students should plan and communicate accordingly with their guests.

Memorabilia  and gifts

Announcements and War Whoop tributes: Graduation announcements and War Whoop yearbook tributes may be ordered directly through Jostens.

Gifts: The Norwich University Bookstore and the Norwich Alumni Office offer a great selection of gifts, including diploma frames and commemorative keepsakes. The bookstore is on the ground floor of Wise Campus Center and will be open for Commencement & Commissioning weekend during the following hours:

  • Friday, April 28, 2023 | 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 29, 2023 | 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Graduation photos: Official graduation portraits are taken at the Commencement ceremony, directly after graduates receive their diploma. Both baccalaureate and masters’ portraits are available for order directly from  Ericson Photography.

SENIOR PORTRAITS: For more information about Senior Portraits, click here. For access to portraits, click here.

Yearbooks: Copies of the 2023 War Whoop yearbook will be available for order directly through Jostens. Books will ship in late fall 2023.

Business Casual recommended for guests

We encourage families and guests to follow business casual guidelines for attire.

Ceremony viewing options

A livestream of Commencement, Joint Commissioning, and Army Commissioning ceremonies will be available for family and friends unable to attend in person.  Guests without tickets can still attend and view the livestream from Kreitzberg Arena, or a livestream link will also be shared here.

Watch Here (coming soon)

10:00 a.m. | Commencement Ceremony

3:00 p.m. | Reserve Officer Training Corps Commissioning

4:30 p.m. | AFROTC Commissioning

4:30 p.m. | AROTC Commissioning

4:30 p.m. | NROTC Commissioning

4:30 p.m. | Platoon Leaders Course Commissioning

Future ceremonies

Our Commencement and Commissioning dates are based on the academic calendar. Click here to visit the Registrar’s official webpage and view academic calendars.

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