Norwich celebrates the opening of school at its 186th Convocation ceremony
Norwich University officially began its 186th academic year Tuesday with the annual Convocation ceremony held in Shapiro Field House.
Hubert Maultsby, Provost of Norwich University, began the ceremony by telling the students, faculty and staff assembled that Convocation was the coming together of the entire Norwich community to celebrate the success of the students, and to prepare for the upcoming academic year.
Norwich President Richard Schneider then took the podium to remind the students of Norwich's vision statement. "We are a learning community, American in character yet global in perspective, engaged in personal and intellectual transformation, and dedicated to knowledge, mutual respect, creativity and service," Schneider said. The president reiterated the institutional priorities, represented by the five I's: Improve learning, Inspire students, Information technology for all, Internationalize the campus, and Invest strategically.
ended his comments by citing an observation by Martin Luther King. "Martin
Luther King said that intelligence plus character is the goal of true
education," Schneider said. "That's what we do at Norwich. It
is a very powerful thing when these two things come together. Welcome
back to Norwich."
"As you spend your time at Norwich, remember to reconnect to the common goals and prepare for the future. For Norwich's future. For your future. And for the future of the world," Edmundson said. "Good luck to you."
Following Edmundson's speech, academic awards were issued to students for their achievements during the fall '03 and spring '04 semesters. Included in these honors were:
University Scholars (for maintaining a 4.0 GPA)
Presidential Fellows (seniors selected on evidence of exceptional academic performances)
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