Family and guests are invited to join their graduate at all weekend ceremonies, awards and recognition events, college receptions and open houses and 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. Do not hesitate to ask hotels if they offer discounted rates for friends and family attending Norwich University Commencement and Commissioning.
Printable, turn-by-turn drivable directions from your location to Norwich are here.
Commencement ticket reservations will open at 9 a.m. Monday, March 28, 2022. The site will remain open through noon, Thursday, April 28. Students will be responsible for logging into the ticketing request site with their Norwich credentials to reserve tickets.
Students will be allotted FIVE tickets for reserved seating. 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. Information regarding tickets will be emailed to graduates shortly before the ticketing request site opens. Only graduates (not family members) will be able to access the ticketing request site.
Tickets are required for reserved seating at Saturday’s Commencement ceremony.
The ROTC Joint Commissioning Ceremony and individual branch commissioning ceremonies are not ticketed.
Accessible seating for guests with disabilities and limited mobility: 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.
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 do not have backs. Students should plan accordingly when reserving seats in the bleachers.
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 wide array of gifts, including diploma frames and commemorative gifts. The bookstore is on the Wise Campus Center’s ground floor and will be open the following hours during Commencement & Commissioning weekend:
- Friday, April 29, 2022 | 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Saturday, April 30, 2022 | 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Sunday, May 1, 2022 | 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Graduation photos: Official graduation portraits are taken at the Commencement ceremony, directly after graduates receive their diploma. Both senior and graduate portraits are available for order directly from Ericson Photography.
Yearbooks: Copies of the 2022 War Whoop yearbook will be available for order directly through Jostens. Books will ship in late fall 2022.
Dress code for guests
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.
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.
10 a.m. | Commencement Ceremony
2:30 p.m. | Joint Commissioning
4 p.m. | U.S. Air Force Commissioning
4 p.m. | U.S. Army Commissioning
4 p.m. | U.S. Navy/U. S. Marine Corps Commissioning
Our Commencement and Commissioning dates are based on the academic calendar. To view the most current information on the academic calendar, click here to visit the Registrar’s Office website.