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Commencement weekend

Commencement Weekend begins Thursday, May 10, 2018*

The 2018 Commencement and Commissioning events will take place during the weekend of Thursday, May 10 through Sunday, May 13, 2018.

The Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 12, begins at 2 p.m. sharp in Shapiro Field House. Guests will be admitted to the Field House at 12 noon. Those unable to attend can view via live stream.

*For the complete commencement weekend schedule or printable copy, please click here

Our 2018 commencement speaker is James G. Stavridis, retired U.S. Naval Admiral and Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Read more about James Stavridis.

The Commissioning ceremony on Sunday, May 13, begins at 9 a.m. sharp in Shapiro Field House.

Our 2018 commissioning speaker is U.S. Marine Lieutenant General John J. Broadmeadow ’83. Read more about LtGen John Broadmeadow. 

*Commencement for the online bachelor's and master's students graduating from the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) will take place on Friday, June 22, 2018. No tickets neccessary. For more information, visit CGCS' Residency Page or email

Commencement Tickets

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. Tickets are available in the reserved area on a first come, first serve basis. Reserve early for best seating!

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. 

There is NO FOOD allowed in Shapiro Field House. Water and baby formual are allowed. 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 13, at 9 a.m. No tickets are required for this event. back to top

Live Stream

You can view the live stream of the 2018 Commencement on Saturday, May 12, 2018 and Commissioning Ceremonies (All Services) with Army Commissioning here, on Sunday, May 13, 2018.

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

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. back to top

Lost & Found

Phone Public Safety at 802-485-2525 back to top

Motor vehicle assistance

Locked out? Need a jump-start? Phone Public Safety at 802.485.2525. back to top


Contact the Academic Affairs Office with any questions: