Culminating Campus Experience

The Residency: Your Educational Experience of a Lifetime

All Norwich master’s degree programs culminate in a weeklong capstone residency in June at our beautiful campus in the Green Mountains of Vermont, and bachelor’s students are welcome but not required to attend. During this transformative week, you will be actively engaged in unique sessions, come face to face with classmates, faculty and Norwich staff and launch the next chapter of your promising future.

As its name implies, residency serves as a capstone experience to your coursework. Depending on your particular program, you will attend interdisciplinary workshops, contribute to formal debates or case studies, present papers or projects, participate in professional development and networking activities, and observe faculty presentations. Residency week concludes with a special academic recognition and graduation ceremony during which you’ll receive your master’s hood and diploma.

Make the Most of Residency

Residency week is more than a degree requirement; it’s an opportunity. The journey of earning a degree is a transformative one, over the course of your degree you will be exposed to new ways of thinking, new opinions, and new facts. You will develop new abilities and skills and form new relationships with fellow students. At residency, you will have the opportunity to utilize those new skills and solidify lasting bonds with classmates and faculty who challenged you to do better.

A few things to keep in mind:

  • The capstone residency is required for completion of all Norwich master’s degree programs. Bachelor’s degree completion students are invited but not required to participate.
  • Residency week is held annually in June. If you intend to start your program in March, you will attend residency before completing your final seminar.
  • Prospective students are welcome to visit during residency week. Contact an admissions advisor to learn more.
  • Family and friends are welcome to attend residency week but please know that the majority of your time will be filled with designated activities.

Sessions, Academic Achievements and Commencement

The residency experience has evolved over the years to better serve our students and to offer more opportunities for cross-program engagement. However, certain things remain unchanged including: time and opportunity to connect with the people with whom you’ve worked closely over the course of your program, programming that is challenging and thought provoking, and a celebration of all you’ve accomplished at Norwich University. Each program’s required events are unique, and open sessions offer the opportunity for intellectual exchange and networking.

Typical residency conference schedule:

  • Monday: Check-in/registration from 11 AM – 11 PM; get to know your classmates over dinner; meet the Dean at the residency conference welcome.
  • Tuesday: Activities with your program; poster presentations; honor society inductions.
  • Wednesday: Annual Dog River run (optional); Norwich class ring ceremony; conference sessions across the disciplines; keynote speaker.
  • Thursday: Professional development sessions across the disciplines; graduation rehearsal; academic recognition ceremonies and alumni reception for students and families.
  • Friday: Graduation; celebration luncheon; check-out, say good-bye to your new network of colleagues, head home.