Graduation Day – Student Information

Check out our 2019 page for the full story, photos, speeches, etc.

**Check back often for information regarding our 2020 commencement.**

2020 Commencement
Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont • Saturday, June 6, 2020, 2 pm

12:15 pm  Graduates arrive at Andrews Hall
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 in 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 Balfour Vermont.  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.

Graduation Gift
Gifts will be presented to graduates at commencement. Students not participating in graduation will receive their gift with their mailed diploma.

You may invite as many guests as you wish; we encourage you to invite your family, friends and faculty. Grads can download and send our electronic invite or purchase printed invites from Zazzle.

*To invite your faculty to graduation, send the electronic invitation along with a note to their CCV email address: Contact your local academic center or the academic dean’s office if you need help reaching out to a faculty member.

Please note: Children are more than welcome to attend the ceremony in Shapiro Field House. They, as well as other guests, are not permitted in the Andrews 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 Andrews Hall. Your guests should go straight to Shapiro Field House. Please carpool whenever possible.

Google Map Norwich University

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 Andrews Hall by 12:15 pm to participate in the ceremony. This allows time for robing, informal 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 Andrews Hall 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 Andrews Hall and Shapiro Field House.

Personal Items
Please don’t bring any valuables or personal items (handbags, clothing, umbrellas, etc.) with you to Andrews Hall; 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 gym.

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 2019 Graduation photos on Flickr

The Processional

You and your fellow graduates will receive instructions in Andrews Hall and be organized into a processional to be led to Shapiro Field House. There are many flights of stairs between Andrews 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 Andrews Hall.

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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