Frequently Asked Questions for Attending Residency

When is the virtual Residency Conference?
Monday, June 21 through Friday, June 25, 2021

Why is the Residency Conference being held virtually?
The health and safety of our students, faculty, alumni and guests is our top priority. With the ongoing current global and domestic spread of the COVID-19 virus, we cannot be reasonably sure that conditions will improve sufficiently to safely host our students, faculty, and guests on campus. See more details about Norwich University’s response to COVID-19 by visiting: https://www.norwich.edu/news/psa

Is the virtual Residency Conference still a requirement for all master’s students?
Yes, all master’s degree students are required to participate in the virtual version of the Residency Conference in order to graduate.

What am I expected to do during the Residency Conference?
You are required to participate in at least one virtual activity per day Monday through Wednesday. The Residency Conference offers both program-specific and broad topics encouraging student engagement across disciplines. Recordings will be available for those who cannot participate live due to time zone.

When may I choose the sessions I want to attend?
In February, the full registration will be available, at which time you may select individual conference sessions, invite any guest to register to participate, and view the detailed agenda for the Residency Conference.

What is the schedule for the week?
The Residency Conference begins Monday evening and ends Friday noon/early afternoon. You may check into the virtual event any time on Monday, though we strongly encourage you to check in as early as possible. The week kicks off with a formal welcome from the Dean. Monday through Wednesday, you will spend your time in conference sessions, professional development sessions and program activities. Ceremonial events such as your program's Academic Recognition Ceremony and graduation will occur towards either during lunch time or in the evening. Friday's virtual graduation ceremony will start at 12:00 PM ET.

Will the Commencement ceremony be held virtually?
Yes, all events scheduled from Monday to Friday will be held virtually. The virtual Commencement ceremony will be held on Friday, June 25, 2021 at 12:00 PM ET. Anyone, including guests, who wish to watch must register to attend.

I am an MCE Geo Lab student; how will I complete my lab requirement?
The GEO Lab will still be required. Please contact your advisor to find out how you can complete the requirement virtually.

How do I let you know about special accommodations I may need for a virtual event?
During the registration process, you will have opportunity to let us know about accessibility requirements. We will do the best we can to accommodate you.

May I invite others to participate in the virtual event?
Yes, we are able to accommodate a wider variety of participants in our virtual conference. There is no cost for guests to attend but they must register themselves under “General Admission.” Some sessions may be restricted to students only.

Do I still need to check into the virtual event on Monday?
Yes, this is one way we will be verifying your participation. In addition, your participation in the virtual sessions will be monitored and recorded.

Do I need to do anything to be ready for graduation?
There are three things you must do in order to be ready for graduation: (1) you must meet the academic requirements; and (2) you must meet the financial requirements.

Can I still order a cap and gown? I wish to take my own graduation photos.
Yes, you may still order a cap and gown through our vendor, Balfour. They will send your academic regalia to you. The cost for your entire master’s package (cap, gown, hood, and tassel) will be $46.85 plus shipping, handling, and sales tax, where applicable.

Does my family need to register for the virtual graduation ceremony?
Yes, anyone who wishes to watch the virtual graduation ceremony will need to register to attend. There is no registration limit so bring as many guests as you desire.

Who should I contact with my Residency Conference questions?
Please read through the FAQs before you call. We have compiled this information based on the questions our students have asked over the years. It is very likely that the information you need is here. If you do not find what you are looking for, call our student help line at 866-NU-GRADS (1-866-684-7237), Option 7, and one of our staff will be happy to assist you.