On April 6, 2021, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott released a reopening guide to provide Vermonters and state business and higher education communities the path for a phased return to unrestricted travel, business operations, and event gatherings. The plan was developed by the Department of Health, the Department of Public Safety, and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development and uses vaccination milestones to ensure a safe easing of personal restrictions and continued reopening of the state's economy.
What does the Vermont Forward Plan mean to Norwich University?
Simply stated, Norwich University is now able to welcome and host guests to our onsite, in-person 2021 Commencement and Joint Commissioning ceremonies on Saturday, May 1. Each graduate will be permitted to invite two (2) fully COVID-19 vaccinated guests.
This new information will likely impact what our students in the Class of 2021 may be thinking and planning with their parents and family members in terms of participating in the in-person Commencement and Joint Commissioning ceremonies. Norwich Class of 2021 students, please respond to our 2021 Commencement and Joint Commissioning Registration Survey no later than Monday, April 12, 2021. This will enable us to plan for your participation and communicate more precisely with you in terms of tickets, logistics, and our schedule of events for this celebratory day.
To Norwich parents and family members who now plan to attend the Commencement and Joint Commissioning ceremonies, please be advised that each parent or family member must be prepared to demonstrate that they are fully vaccinated in order to attend the in-person on campus events. For those unable to secure tickets, the Norwich University Alumni and Family Relations team will be hosting a viewing party at the Capitol Plaza Theatre in Montpelier, Vermont. Details will be provided within the next week.
These are unprecedented times and together we have faced many challenges this past academic year. We have never been more proud of our Norwich graduates, and appreciate the patience and understanding of our students in the Class of 2021 and the flexibility of their parents and families.
We will be providing additional updates and communications to the Norwich community as we continue to adapt our plans to the greatest benefit for our students and families. To learn more about the Vermont Forward Plan to include COVID-19 testing, quarantine, and travel guidelines, please visit: https://www.vermont.gov/vermont-forward#additional-guidance&gsc.tab=0
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