Graduation Day – Student Information

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Save the date for our 2017 Commencement:
Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont • Saturday, June 3, 2017, 2 pm

12:15 pm  Graduates arrive at Kreitzberg arena
12:45 pm  Informal group photos are taken for each academic center
1:15 pm   Instructions and announcements for graduates
1:25 pm  Graduates line up for procession
1:40 pm  Procession leaves staging area
2:00 pm  Ceremony begins with procession into Shapiro Field House
4:00 pm  Ceremony ends

Before Graduation Day

Complete all of your Steps to Graduation

You must order your cap and gown at  Note:

  • Orders submitted by March 31: Caps and gowns will be available at your preferred pickup location the last week of the semester.
  • Orders submitted after March 31: Pick up cap and gown at graduation. You should plan to arrive at graduation early enough to try on your cap and gown for the best fit.

Please contact for questions about your order.

ADA Accommodations and Needs
Please let us know if you or a guest need special accommodations on graduation day. Accommodations can be requested through Angie Albeck at, or 802-654-0505.

The commencement ceremony will be real-time captioned using CART services. If you need a sign language interpreter (ASL), let us know. Please inform Angie Albeck at or 802-654-0505 of your request no later than Friday, May 20th.

You may invite as many guests as you wish; we encourage you to invite your family, friends and faculty.

Please note: Children are more than welcome to attend the ceremony in Shapiro Field House. They are, however, not permitted in the Kreitzberg staging area, the processional (including the stage) or the graduate seating area. Please make sure you have someone at the ceremony to attend to your children.

Local CCV Academic Center Celebrations
Please check in with your CCV location to receive information about graduation celebrations hosted by your local academic center.

On Graduation Day

Please park in the two lots near Shapiro Field House and proceed directly to Kreitzberg Arena – the building right above the field house. Your guests should go straight to Shapiro Field House. Please carpool whenever possible.

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From Route 12, turn onto University Drive and proceed up the hill to the Shapiro Field House parking lot.

We expect students to arrive at Kreitzberg Arena by 12:15 pm to participate in the ceremony. This allows time for robing, informal group photos, ceremony directions and processional line-up. When you arrive, you will complete a brief graduate survey and will receive a name card.

There are no food vendors on the Norwich campus on graduation day, and Norwich prohibits all food and drink in Kreitzberg Arena and Shapiro Field House. We strongly encourage you and your guests to eat prior to arrival on the Norwich campus. There will be water available in both the Kreitzberg Arena and Shapiro Field House.

Personal Items
Please don’t bring any valuables or personal items (handbags, clothing, umbrellas, etc.) with you to Kreitzberg Arena; you may not leave anything there and should not carry things with you once the processional departs. There is no opportunity to store these items in the arena.

Island Photography, a professional photography company, will be taking photographs of each graduate as they are recognized during the ceremony. Within 48 hours of commencement, you will receive an email with a secure link and PIN to view and order your photos. You can also add your friends and family so they may receive a direct link to your proofs. This information will be sent to your CCV email account.

Informal photos will be available on the graduation page of the CCV website approx. one week after graduation. These are free of charge for you to download and share.

View 2015 Graduation photos on Flickr

The Processional

You and your fellow graduates will receive instructions in Kreitzberg Arena and be organized into a processional to be led to Shapiro Field House. There are many flights of stairs between Kreitzberg Arena and Shapiro Field House, so be aware that high heels could pose a hazard.

Please let your CCV advisor know if you need special accommodations. Please do not plan on leaving anything in Kreitzberg Arena.

The Ceremony
The CCV graduation ceremony is a wonderful gathering of about 3,000 people celebrating the accomplishments of the CCV graduating class. The printed program will be on your seat when you get to the field house. You can sit back, relax, and listen to the accolades and speeches in your honor!

Grads will rise in groups by CCV academic center, and approach the right side of the stage. You will hand your name card to a CCV representative standing at the bottom of the stage steps. When your name is announced, you will proceed up the steps, cross the stage, and receive your diploma. To ensure a smooth granting of the diplomas to all graduates, you will receive a blank diploma cover. Once the ceremony is over, the recessional will bring you to the back of Shapiro Field House where you will receive the diploma with your name.


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