Commencement at Norwich University

Commencement Weekend begins May 8, 2014

The 2014 Commencement and Commissioning events will take place during the weekend of Thursday, May 8 through Sunday, May 11, 2014.

The Commencement ceremony, on Saturday, May 10 begins at 2 p.m. sharp at Shapiro Field House, and there are dozens of other events you may be interested in. View the schedule (PDF) to learn more! See the live stream of the events on May 10 & 11.

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Commencement: General Keith Alexander

General_Keith_B._AlexanderFormer director of the National Security Agency General Keith Alexander will be Norwich University’s 2014 commencement speaker.

Alexander, who completed his 39-year Army career on March 28, 2014, served as the commander of the U.S. Cyber Command and director National Security Agency and chief of the Central Security Service.

He was born in Syracuse, N.Y., and entered active duty at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

As commander of USCYBERCOM, Alexander planned, coordinated and conducted defense operations for U.S. Department of Defense computer networks as directed by U.S. Strategic Command. As the NSA director and CSS chief, he was responsible for protecting national security, foreign signals intelligence, combat support, and protecting U.S. national security information systems.

On Saturday, May 10, at 2 p.m. during commencement exercises Alexander will address approximately 400 students matriculating from 33 undergraduate programs and one master’s program. The ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Shapiro Field House.

Commissioning: Lt. Gen. Bruce A. Litchfield

Lieutenant_General_Bruce_A_LitchfieldNorwich University’s graduating future officers will hear remarks from one of their own at this spring’s joint services commissioning ceremony. Lt. Gen. Bruce A. Litchfield ’81, Commander of the Air Force Sustainment Center, returns to the Hill as the speaker for the ceremony, held Sunday, May 11.

Litchfield’s career spans diverse logistics and acquisition assignments, supporting weapon systems at wing, major command, Air Staff and the Joint Staff levels. He has commanded at the squadron, group and wing levels. As the AFSC commander, his is responsible for operations which span three air logistics complexes, three air base wings, two supply chain management wings, and multiple remote operating locations, incorporating more than 32,000 military and civilian personnel. He currently overseas installation support to more than 75,000 personnel working in 140 associate unites at three bases.

Litchfield received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Norwich University and a master’s degree in public administration from Shippensburg University, Pa.

At the May 11 ceremony, Litchfield will address 126 students commissioning into four branches of the military. The new officers receive their second lieutenant or ensign bars, and their first salutes. The event, held at 9 a.m. in Shapiro Field House, is open to the public.

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
  • 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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Contact the Alumni Office with any questions at 802-485-2100 or

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