Joseph Galloway Salutes Class of 2005
by Diana Weggler, May 2005
Celebrated war journalist Joe Galloway told the 327 members of the Norwich University Class of 2005 that he was proud of the hundreds of Norwich graduates and students currently serving the nation in Afghanistan and Iraq in the global war on terrorism.
"Norwich men and women aren't spectators. They're competitors on the field," Galloway said. "There are hundreds of them, from junior lieutenants to senior colonels, doing their duty in far off fields of battle. I salute them, and I salute you."
Galloway, senior military correspondent for Knight Ridder Newspapers and co-author of the national bestseller "We Were Soldiers Once ... and Young," was the honored guest speaker at the University's 186th Commencement exercises, held May 15 in Shapiro Field House.
Sunday's graduation capped a full weekend of pomp and ceremony on the Northfield campus in which 73 ROTC students received their second lieutenant or ensign bar upon becoming commissioned officers in the United States Army, Air Force, Navy or Marine Corps; 20 nursing students received their nurse's hat and pin; and 34 mechanical, civil and electrical engineering majors received their pinkie ring upon being sworn in to the Order of the Engineer. All told, 310 students were candidates for Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degrees, while an additional 17 received Master of Architecture degrees.
Calling the graduates "our future", Galloway stated, "America is stronger and better because of Norwich University, and what it contributes to our success every year."
"If Norwich has demanded more of you, if Norwich has been harder on you than 99 percent of the other schools in America, it is because Norwich knows you must succeed if America is to remain the home of the free," Galloway said.
Norwich University is the oldest private military college in the United States and the birthplace of the nations' Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC). Out of the 327 members of the graduating class, 155 were members of the Corps of Cadets, and 172 were civilian resident or commuter students.
Galloway concluded his remarks by reminding the graduates of their role in the history and tradition of Norwich University.
"You, the class of '05, take your place in that long line of those who have dedicated themselves to honorable service to a great nation and a great people," Galloway said.
Galloway and Trustee Emeritus E. Tarry Polidor '64 received honorary doctoral degrees from the University.
Also during the ceremony, 2005 valedictorian Jennifer Yost and Alumni Association President Christopher Misner '90 addressed the graduating class.