Class of 2005 earn their Norwich rings!
Following a Command Retreat Ceremony on the Upper Parade Ground honoring the Class of 2005, Junior Ring ceremonies took place for both corps and civilian student students on Friday, April 16. One hundred and sixty-nine cadets assembled in Plumley Armory for a once-in-a-cadet-lifetime experience that included powerful remarks by featured speaker Colonel Scott Knoebel '76, USA, Professor of Military Science at Norwich. Concluding the ceremony was an awesome ring presentation involving the Drill Team Arc of Swords detail, music, and the Norwich Independent Battery.
Nearby in Milano Ballroom, in a formal tradition established in 1996, thirty-five civilian students were presented with their civilian-style Norwich rings. Alumnus and former assistant men's hockey coach Mark Bolding '95 offered memorable remarks as their speaker. BG Mike Kelley '74, VP for Student Affairs and Commandant, made a special ring presentation, to the surprise of his wife, JoAnn, VC '74, who, until that evening, had never received her college ring.
In addition, two Norwich legacies, Cadet Zachary Knoebel '05 and Cadet Meegan Kelley '05, received their rings in the presence of their parents, Scott and Wendy Knoebel and Mike and JoAnn Kelley.
Later in the evening, the Junior Weekend Ball commenced, with over 800 corps and civilian students celebrating the grand occasion. Congratulations to the Class of 2005! A proud Norwich tradition continues!
Bill Passalacqua '88, Alumni Relations Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org, April 2004
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