Academic Excellence Parade
By Mark Albury, February 2005
On Friday, February 11, the Norwich University Corps of Cadets held an Academic Excellence Parade at Shapiro Fieldhouse to honor student achievements in the classroom.
President Schneider opened the ceremony with a few brief remarks, noting that many positive events highlighting Norwich University have occurred lately. "Our band and color guard were in the President's inaugural parade in Washington, and our drill team just took second place in the national championships in New Orleans," Schneider said. "Things have been good at Norwich. Of all that we have showcased recently, however, today is the most important. We are honoring individual accomplishments in academics. This is the primary reason Norwich University was established."
President Schneider said that during the fall semester, 36 percent of Norwich's rook class had a 3.0 GPA or higher, and 40 percent of the University's civilian and commuter students had a 3.0 GPA or higher. In addition, a total of 378 students received Gold Stars for having 3.5 GPA or higher. "This is outstanding," Schneider said. "It is a great tribute to our students' dedication to learning. For those of you who are not in these numbers, follow the example set by these students. It is all about motivation, dedication, and living the Norwich University motto of 'I Will Try.'"
Norwich Provost and Dean of the Faculty, Dr. Hubert Maultsby, took the podium after President Schneider. "You do all of us great honor in terms of your achievements, academically, and with the things that go along with the academics, such as integrity, honesty, character, leadership, and care and concern for each other," Maultsby said.
Following the Provost's comments, the students were presented with Pins and Gold Stars for academic excellence. Band Company was also awarded the streamer for academic excellence for having the highest cumulative GPA during the fall semester.