Norwich University celebrated commencement on April 30 in Shapiro Field House in which 531 students graduated from 32 undergraduate programs and one master’s program. The ceremony included graduates from the classes of 2020 and 2021, who joined members of the Class of 2022.
ROTC JOINT COMMISSIONING
Norwich University commissioned 134 Class of 2022 graduates into the U.S. armed services in a Joint Commissioning Ceremony: U.S. Army, 75; U.S. Air Force, 27; and the U.S. Naval Program, which commissioned 18 U.S. Navy ensigns, and 14 U.S. Marine Corps 2nd lieutenants.
We request all graduates and guests respect the following campus-wide policies with regard to venues and grounds:
- No food or drink is permitted in Shapiro Field House with the exception of water and baby food/formula.
- Per Vermont state law and Norwich University policy, absolutely no alcoholic beverages are permitted on campus grounds outside of Partridge Pub in the Wise Campus Center or catered events such as the Senior Dinner. Anyone violating this code will be removed from campus.
- Pets are not permitted in ceremony venues and many parking areas are not shaded. Service animals are permitted.
- Umbrellas are permitted inside ceremony venues but must remain closed at all times.
Strollers are not permitted in the aisles or within seating areas of Shapiro Field House. Please park strollers along the building’s back wall.
Tickets are numbered and correspond to individual seats in reserved seating areas. Ushers will be available to help guests find their seats. Tickets must be presented for access to reserved seating areas.
Limited, non-ticketed seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis when venue doors open.
Note: At the close of the Commencement ceremony, Norwich Artillery Battery will fire a pack howitzer cannon outside the venue. For guests with noise sensitivities, please consider reserving seats on the right side of the venue away from the main doors.
Accessibility and special needs
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.
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 limited mobility; additionally, bleacher seats do not have seatbacks. Students should plan accordingly when reserving seats in the bleachers.
Hearing-impaired guests: An American Sign Language interpreter will be present to translate the Commencement ceremony for guests who are deaf or hearing-impaired. The interpreter will be located on the main stage.
Ceremony viewing options
A live webcast of Commencement, Joint Commissioning, and Army Commissioning ceremonies will be available for family and friends unable to attend in person.
10:00 a.m. | Commencement Ceremony
2:30 p.m. | Joint Commissioning
4:00 p.m. | Air Force Commissioning
4:00 p.m. | Army Commissioning
4:00 p.m. | Navy/Marine Corps. Commissioning
Dress code and decorum
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.
During Commencement, guests are encouraged to hold their applause until all graduates walk across the stage to allow everyone’s name to be heard. Please be respectful to all students.
Official graduation portraits will be taken to the left of the stage, directly after graduates receive their diploma. Both senior and graduate portraits are available for order directly from Ericson Photography.
Some guests take this opportunity to congratulate their graduate up close and snap a candid photo. We ask that guests remain in the roped area dedicated for this purpose and respect all venue and security signs.