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.
Norwich University’s graduating future officers will hear remarks from a fellow alumnus at this spring’s joint services commissioning ceremony. Major General Gary Keefe ’86, USAFR, Adjutant General, Massachusetts National Guard, returns to the Norwich campus to speak to ROTC commissioning officers during a formal ceremony to mark the occasion on at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 1.
The in-person, outdoor event is planned to take place on Sabine Field at Haynes Family Stadium and will be streamed live for those students commissioning remotely, as well as for the Norwich community. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in Shapiro Field House. This event is part of Norwich University’s Commencement Weekend.
As the spring semester draws to a close, students may be electing to leave campus early and conclude their spring semester studies remotely. Students and their families may understandably have questions about whether Norwich University will refund students a prorated amount of room and board for the unused Spring 2021 semester. The answer is yes if a student requests to go remote and leaves the campus on or before April 12, 2021.