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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 2:00 PM sharp in Shapiro Field House. Guests will be admitted to the Field House at 12:00 PM. Those unable to attend can view via live stream. 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 9:00 AM in Shapiro Field House. Our 2018 commissioning speaker is U.S. Marine Lieutenant General John J. Broadmeadow ’83. Read more about LtGen John Broadmeadow. 

For the complete commencement/ commissioning weekend schedule or printable copy, please click here.

*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 for Norwich University’s 2018 Commencement are now available. Students are required to log in with their Norwich e-mail address and student A#. If you will be reserving tickets on behalf of your student, please reach out to them directly for their information.  Tickets will be required for seating in a reserved area for parents, family members and guests.

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. If you are in need of additional tickets, please use the 'Wait List' feature on the ticketing site. You will be able to reserve three (3) additional tickets. NOTE: Being added to the waitlist does not guarentee you will receive additional tickets to the ceremony. The availability of additional tickets is based on the number of graduates attending and the number of tickets that are left unclaimed. Please plan accordingly. 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. 

Shapiro Field House
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. 

Commencement Live Stream

Commissioning Live Stream

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.

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

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.

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.
     - Commencement & Senior photos - Order photos online
     - Commencement & Commissioning Ceremonies DVD
     - To order graduation announcements and War Whoop tributes, visit our Jostens Customer Service page.
     - Pre-order the 2018 War Whoop yearbook. Books ship in the late fall.

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.

Public Safety - Emergency Notifications via Text

Maintaining a safe and secure campus at which to learn, work, live, and play is of the highest priority for Norwich University. While you are on campus at Norwich University, you may elect to sign up to receive emergency notifications. This option is available to you for our commencement weekend celebration to complement personal preparedness and good common sense.

You may choose to sign up to receive text messages that will keep you informed in the event of an emergency. To participate, please text “NUCommencement” to “67283”. At the conclusion of this weekend’s commencement event, you will automatically be removed from the university’s emergency notification system.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Public Safety at (802) 485-2525.

Lost & Found
Phone Public Safety at (802) 485-2525

Motor vehicle assistance
Locked out? Need a jump-start? Phone Public Safety at (802) 485-2525.

Contact the Academic Affairs Office with any questions:
     - (802) 485-2026
     - (802) 485-2025