As we progress through our spring semester and pass the mid-term mark next week, I would like to update everyone on our decision-making timeline and considerations for the Class of 2021 Commencement and Commissioning ceremonies, scheduled for Saturday, May 1st and Sunday, May 2nd respectively. We do not yet have all of the details, but wanted to provide you with as much information as we could so you may plan accordingly.
First, it is our intention to hold Commencement and Commissioning ceremonies in person for graduating seniors studying on campus to the greatest extent possible. While we cannot predict what COVID-19 guidelines will be in effect in early May, it is currently our intention to welcome seniors who are studying remotely back to campus for in-person ceremonies. Finally, if the State of Vermont permits us to do so, we would very much hope to host families, friends, faculty, or staff who are not part of the ceremony to join the celebration on campus. This is our desire and intent, but please keep in mind we will have to conduct these ceremonies in accordance with Vermont guidelines at the time of the events. We cannot predict at this time what those policies will be, so please remain flexible. We will post information as soon as we have it from the state.
In keeping with past practice, we will stream events live so those unable to come to campus for any reason, including due to COVID-19 restrictions, may celebrate with the class virtually. If we are unable to host in- person Commencement and Commissioning ceremonies, streaming the events live will enable us to abide by state and local guidelines for the COVID-19 pandemic, which as of the date of this memo includes limiting gathering sizes and restricting visitors from being on campus to ensure the health and safety of our entire community.
We are considering a number of possibilities for the in-person events, and will communicate further details as soon as they are available. We will continue to monitor conditions and provide clear updates to the community should our plans need to be updated. We anticipate finalizing our plans by March 19th and will communicate the details soon thereafter, both through an update to this memo and via our Commencement and Commissioning website.
We appreciate your patience, understanding, and continued support in these uncertain times. We will do everything we can to have the fullest celebration possible.
Norwich Together, Norwich Forever!
Dr. Mark C. Anarumo, PhD
Colonel, USAF (ret)