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The countdown to our in-person 2021 Commencement and Joint Commissioning ceremonies has begun! We are thrilled to be able to celebrate this important milestone in the lives of our students with a limited number of our parents, families, and guests.

Based on current guidelines established by the Vermont Forward Plan, I am pleased to provide you additional details regarding our decision to permit guests to attend:

  • Norwich University will host two (2) indoor Commencement ceremonies at 9:00 a.m. and two (2) Commencement ceremonies at noon. These ceremonies will be held simultaneously at each time slot in Shapiro Fieldhouse and Kreitzberg Arena in keeping with the physical distancing guidance and COVID-19 protocols stipulated in the Vermont Forward Plan for indoor events to ensure the health and safety of the Norwich community and our guests. These ceremonies are being developed for Norwich University’s colleges and schools, with more details forthcoming in the week ahead as we work through our student preferences and guestlists.

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.

Effective immediately, we are able to loosen select Campus Quarantine Phase 2 restrictions for commuter students and student employment on campus. Please review the following updates to Phase 2:

Commuter Students Welcome on Campus

We are pleased to welcome commuter students back to campus.

In order to come onto campus, commuter students must participate in COVID-19 surveillance testing. Commuter students will be required to test two times each week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If an alternate testing day is needed, commuter students should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to coordinate an alternative testing day. Hours of operation for the Plumley Armory COVID-19 Testing Site: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 

Norwich University admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

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