First, it is still our intention to hold both Commencement and Joint Commissioning ceremonies on the same day and in person. All graduating seniors studying on campus, commuting or studying remotely are invited to participate.
As we continue our spring semester planning, this memo includes additional details about the Class of 2021 Commencement and Joint Commissioning ceremonies, scheduled for Saturday, May 1. We do not yet have all of the details but wanted to provide you with as much information as we can so you may plan accordingly. We will continue to share weekly updates on Fridays at noon, beginning this Friday, April 2. These updates will be emailed to students as well as posted to my.norwich announcements and our norwich.edu/commencement website.
GRADUATES AND GUESTS AT COMMENCEMENT
The health and safety of our entire community is our highest priority, and we must abide by state guidelines for the COVID-19 pandemic, which include greatly limiting gathering sizes and visitors on campus. As restrictions are lessened, lifted or increased, we will update our planning guidance and communicate that information to you promptly.
We ask that all graduates, including on campus residential, commuter, remote, and December 2020 graduates, please complete the Commencement registration form by Monday, April 19, 2021.
December 2020 Graduates
On-Campus Residential Nongraduates
On-campus residential students who are not graduating are welcome to remain on campus and attend commencement on a first-come, first-served basis as Vermont state capacity restrictions allow. Priority will be given to parents and families if the state allows their attendance.
Parents & Families
We are continuing to work within the state of Vermont guidelines. We remain hopeful that we will be able to welcome parents and families on campus to attend the Commencement and Joint Commissioning ceremonies. This decision will be based on what the state of Vermont will permit; it is not a Norwich University decision, but we are advocating constantly for parents and families to attend.
RESIDENCE HALLS AND CAMPUS CLOSURE
All graduates, including on-campus residential, commuter and remote student graduates are welcome to stay on campus through noon Sunday, May 2. This is a change from our previously communicated deadline of 7 p.m. Saturday, May 1 and is designed to provide graduates extra time for departure. Graduates will be required to have all of their belongings out of their rooms no later than noon Sunday, May 2. Parents and family members will not be permitted to enter the residence halls to assist their graduated students and must remain in their vehicles. On-campus storage will not be available.
Sodexo Dining Services is hosting a celebratory dinner for graduates in the dining hall from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 30. The Campus Activities Board is also hosting a senior event for graduates from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 30. Additional details will be announced in upcoming communications. The Saturday, May 1 dinner meal will be served in the dining hall from 5 to 6 p.m. The Sunday, May 2 brunch meal will be served in the dining hall from 9 to 10 a.m. This will be the last meal of the spring semester.
As we have done in the past, we will stream our Commencement and Joint Commissioning events live so that all may join in on the celebration virtually.
PICTURES ON THE UPPER PARADE GROUND
Graduating seniors are welcome to visit the Upper Parade Ground and the steps of Jackman Hall to take pictures following Commencement. Mask and physical distancing policies will be enforced in the interest of public health and to mitigate risk of COVID-19 spread. Alcohol will not be permitted on the Upper Parade Ground or on the steps of Jackman Hall. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to plan for a safe celebration of these significant milestones in your academic journey. Additional details, including Commencement and Commissioning Speakers, are forthcoming and will be posted here.
Norwich Together, Norwich Forever!