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Diplomas will be mailed via the U.S. Postal Service after June 1 to the mailing address listed on the graduation application.

No. For the safety of our employees and students, all diplomas will be mailed.

Diplomas will be mailed to the address provided on the graduation application. If you cannot recall the address you provided, please email Samantha Augustus at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

While grades will be processed after May 2, degree conferral will be backdated to May 2. For a student who is taking coursework that does not end by May 2 (i.e., off-campus at another college or university), the date the degree is confirmed will be used.

Transcript orders will be processed beginning June 1. Students can request a transcript and mark the order “hold for degree” to ensure a transcript is not released before the degree being posted to their record.

If a student’s official transcript is not yet available (i.e., requested before June 1, 2020), an official memo can be sent directly to the third party requesting degree verification. To request this memo, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include the student’s name ID and note “request for degree completion memo.” Also include the third party’s contact information, including the name of the party who is requesting confirmation and either that party’s email or postal mailing address.

There is currently no change to the summer diploma distribution policy: diplomas will be mailed following the summer semester end date. Diplomas are mailed approximately one month after the summer semester end date. Students who are in a degree completion program through the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies will follow CGCS announcements on degree conferral.

Transcripts can be ordered anytime. Mark the order “hold for degree” to ensure the transcript is not sent before the degree has been posted. The student record will be marked “conferred” approximately one month after the summer semester end date.

Earned Letter Grade

Alternative Grade on Transcript

Attempted credits

Earned credits

Counts into GPA?

C+ and higher










C-, D+, D, D-










The alternative grades have no effect, positive nor negative, on your GPA.

No. You can keep letter grades as assigned by your professors by simply not opting into the alternative grading mode.

Yes, but with some exceptions. If you are on a commissioning track or seeking a commission, please contact your ROTC adviser for specific courses in which you may need to keep letter grades. If you are receiving Veterans Affairs benefits, contact the VA certification specialist for advice.

Yes. You can switch grades for one, several, all or none of your classes. It’s your decision.

Your semester GPA will not be calculated; your cumulative GPA will be the same as it was after the Fall 2020 semester.

If your alternative grades are HP or LPC, the courses will count towards the major. However, if you receive an LP or NP, the courses will not count.

No. To earn a prerequisite for your next class, you will still need to earn a C (LPC) or better in this class.

Taking a grade of C will count toward your GPA; taking a grade of LPC will not.

You will first have to complete the work for Incomplete, be assigned a letter grade from your instructor, and then decide whether to switch to an alternative grade. Incomplete grades from the Fall 2019 semester cannot be switched to alternative grades.

No. You will still have a W on your transcript for this class.

This depends on the college that you are transferring to. Your Norwich transcript will note letter-grade equivalencies of the HP/LPC/LP/NP grades. Other colleges will make decisions on credit transferability based on those equivalencies.

Only through the academic petition process. You will need a good reason to switch back to letter grades.

You are still required to meet satisfactory academic progress (SAP) standards to remain eligible for federal and institutional aid. Alternative grades will not affect your cumulative grade-point average, however, all credits are still counted as attempted. Any course with an NP grade will count as unearned credits in the quantitative measure.

No. Norwich will not be suspending any students based on their academic performance during the Spring 2020 semester.

No. We will not be determining students’ academic standing for the Spring 2020 semester, and so no one will be placed on the Dean’s List. In this respect, Spring 2020 will be similar to Summer semesters.

No. We will not be determining students’ academic standing for the Spring 2020 semester, so, no one will be placed on probation. In this respect, Spring 2020 will be similar to Summer semesters.

If you were in good academic standing after the Fall 2019 semester, you will be considered in good standing for Fall 2020.

Yes. The decision to remove your probationary status will be made case by case upon recommendation from the academic probation coordinator.

After your instructors have posted all final grades in Banner, you can request to switch to alternative grades by completing an electronic alternative grade option request form (will be available on the Registrar’s SharePoint site).

Technically yes, but we recommend that you wait and view your final grades first.

No. If you do not request to switch to alternative grades, you will keep your letter grades.

Yes. All grade alteration requests must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office by 11:59 p.m. May 21, 2020,


Commissioning students and nursing seniors must request alternative grades no later than 10 a.m. EST on May 1, 2020.

For all students other than commissioning and nursing students, up to four weeks beyond May 4 will be needed to complete grade processing: two weeks for students to submit opt-in requests and two weeks for Registrar's Office staff to process grades and conduct a final audit. Graduating students’ degrees will be dated May 2, 2020, the official date of degree conferral.

Grade conversion for commissioning students will occur between 10 a.m. EST May 1, 2020, and end of day May 2, 2020. The commissioning list will be confirmed with ROTC detachments on May 2 in time for commissioning May 3, 2020.


Because of the unfolding global coronavirus pandemic and Vermont Gov. Phil Scott’s “Stay Home/Stay Safe” executive order, lasting through May 15, Norwich University decided to move in-person Commencement from the previously hoped for May 30 to Sept. 12. This new date will allow us to celebrate the Class of 2020 meaningfully, when travel and large group events again become safe, and will allow for all of the pomp, circumstance and festivities that have become Norwich traditions. 

Even with Commencement moved, degrees will be conferred May 2, as planned, so students can commission or confirm with employers they have completed all degree requirements and are Norwich University graduates. Seniors will receive their diplomas by mail from the university.

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