Commencement at Norwich University

Norwich University Online Students (CGCS)

The College of Graduate and Continuing Studies Commencement ceremony for master’s and bachelor’s degree completion students will be held on Friday, June 23, 2017 at the conclusion of the Residency Conference.

For further information, click here.

Commencement Weekend begins
Thursday, May 11, 2017

The 2017 Commencement and Commissioning events will take place during the weekend of Thursday, May 11 through
Sunday, May 14, 2017.

The Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 13 begins at 2 p.m. sharp in Shapiro Field House. Guests will be admitted to the Field House at 12 noon. There are many other events you may be interested in.
View the schedule (PDF) to learn more.

Our commencement speaker is General David G. Perkins, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. Read more about GEN Perkins.

Our commissioning speaker is Major General Thomas A. Bussiere ’85, Commander of the Eighth Air Force (Air Forces Strategic) and Joint Functional Component Commander for Global Strike, U.S. Strategic Command.
Read more about Maj Gen Bussiere.

Those unable to attend can view the live stream of the 2017 Commencement on Saturday, May 13, 2017 and Commissioning Ceremonies (All Services) with Army Commissioning here, on Sunday, May 14, 2017.

Tickets will be required for seating in a reserved area for parents, family members and guests. Tickets will be available online at a date to be announced.

The designated area for this reserved seating will be located in the center area of Shapiro Field House immediately behind the graduates. Up to five (5) numbered tickets will be issued to each graduate in the reserved seating area. A numbered ticket will correspond to each individual seat in the reserved area. Tickets must be presented for access to the designed seating area.

General seating throughout Shapiro Field House will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for a graduate’s additional family members as well as all other guests.

Guests in a wheelchair will be accommodated and seated with family in the reserved area, provided the guest uses one of the five tickets allocated to the graduating senior. For ease of access for our guests in a wheelchair, we recommend that students elect to locate and ticket their guest for a reserved aisle seat.

To reserve up to (5) numbered tickets, please click here. Tickets are available in the reserved area on a first come, first serve basis. Reserve your tickets early for best seating!

There is NO FOOD allowed in Shapiro Field House. Water is allowed, and baby formula. No soda, colored sports drinks or coffee will be allowed in the field house. Thank you for respecting the requirements of this unique facility.

If you have any questions about Commencement, please contact the Office of Academic Affairs at (802) 485-2025 or 485-2026, or email

The Commissioning ceremonies will be on Sunday, May 14, at 9 a.m. No tickets are required for this event.

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Reserve tickets for Undergraduate Campus Commencement

Site availability: Ticket reservations will be available starting 7 a.m. on Monday, April 10, 2017 and ending at 12 p.m. on Friday, May 12, 2017.

A notice will be posted on and an email will be sent to all seniors with information and instructions prior to the Monday, April 10, 2017 date.

Please note: Commencement tickets will not be available before the Monday, April 10th launch date.

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Live Stream

You can view the live stream of the 2017 Commencement on Saturday, May 13, 2017 and Commissioning Ceremonies (All Services) with Army Commissioning here, on Sunday, May 14, 2017.

Please note, video coverage will be available post-commissioning for US Air Force and Navy. Videos can be purchased here.

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Getting here

  • Driving directions — Printable turn-by-turn directions from your location to Norwich.
  • Campus map — Building locations and descriptions and parking. All lots are open and there will be people to direct you to them and answer questions.

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After you arrive

  • Area Lodging — Hotels, motels, inns, lodges, and B&B’s
  • Sugarbush Resort — At least 20% discounted lodging rate during Commencement weekend, based on availability. Details.
  • Area Restaurants — Independent Vermont restaurants catering to your dining needs

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Special needs & passenger carts

  • Handicap parking will be available along ID White Avenue, at Shapiro Field House, and in designated handicap areas. Please check our campus map for additional information.
  • Passenger carts will be available on campus to assist those with special needs.
  • Passengers needing assistance may be dropped off at the overhang entrance to Shapiro Field House.
  • For additional services call 802.485.2499.

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Capture the moment

You can bring home the memories of Commencement in a number of ways. You will be taken to an order fulfillment service when you click on the links below unless otherwise noted.

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First aid / medical assistance

The Student Health Center/Green Mountain Family Practice and Clinic is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. The clinic is located across east of Route 12 and north of the Norwich Gazebo. For the clinic call 802.485.4161; for the infirmary call 802.485.2552 or email For emergencies call 911.

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Lost & Found

Phone security at 802-485-2525

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Motor vehicle assistance

Locked out? Need a jump-start? Phone security at 802.485.2525.

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