Ceremony & Degree Conferral

Graduation for the Class of 2020

Given the change of our 2020 Residency Conference being virutal (see note below), Norwich University is offering students the option to still attend a Norwich University graduation cerermony on campus. At this time, we are inviting students from the Class of 2020 to join us on campus one of of the following dates. If for any reason plans change on the dates below due to the COVID-19 virus, we will inform you.

  • Saturday, September 12, 2020  (graduation ceremony for on-campus and online students from the Class of 2020)
  • Friday, June 25, 2021 (graduation for online students from the Class of 2020 and 2021)


As part of the 2020 Virtual Residency Conference, you and your family can also join us for our degree conferral ceremony on Thursday, June 25, 2020. You can attend the degree conferral and an on-campus graduation ceremony if you would wish.

Participating in the Graduation Ceremony — Friday, June 25, 2021

The graduation ceremony for master’s and bachelor's degree completion candidates occurs on the final day of the residency conference, on the morning of Friday, June 25, 2021. We encourage all students to participate in the graduation rehearsal on Thursday, June 24 at 1:30 PM in the Shapiro Field House. All students who meet the graduation requirements are welcome to participate in the graduation ceremony at the conclusion of the residency conference.

Degree Conferral

Only those students who have successfully completed all courses, comprehensive exams, and capstones by May 31, and satisfied the residency conference participation requirements prior to the graduation ceremony will be eligible for degree conferral at the graduation ceremony.

Students who are completing their final course while attending the residency conference or who have yet to successfully complete a comprehensive exam or capstone paper/project are still welcome (and encouraged!) to participate in the graduation ceremony but will not be eligible for degree conferral at the ceremony. Degree conferral for these students typically occurs on or near September 15 following successful completion of courses, comprehensive exams and capstones, and participation at the residency conference the previous June. Typically, all master's students who begin their first semester of enrollment in March will fall into the September 15 degree conferral.

Students whose degrees have been conferred at the graduation ceremony may pick up their diplomas as part of the residency conference check-out process. If you don't pick up at check-out, your diploma will be mailed the following week. Please allow several days to weeks for your diploma to arrive. 

Students whose degrees are conferred in September will receive their diplomas by mail approximately two weeks following conferral.