Commencement Weekend 2007 sights & sounds © May 15, 2007 Norwich University Office of Communications

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The 188th Commencement weekend at Norwich University was marked by two days of celebrating the achievements of students who have spent the past four to five years studying on The Hill. It was a weekend of tears, smiles, pride, and anticipation as 381 young men and women prepared to say goodbye to Norwich and begin their post-college lives.

Celebration began Friday night, when the School of Humanities recognized outstanding students in communications, modern languages and English.

Commencement 2007

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During Saturday morning ceremonies, the Schools of Architecture & Arts and Engineering awarded honors and nursing students were officially pinned.

Later in the day recognitions continued as eighty-seven cadets were commissioned into the armed forces (fifty-four Army, twenty-one Navy/Marines, twelve Air Force).

The special weekend culminated with Sunday morning’s commencement, held in Shapiro Field House. Students and their families and friends had an opportunity to hear inspiring words by co-Valedictorians Amanda Benson and Julia Shedd, who spoke of the unity between corps and civilian students, and the importance of taking the time to enjoy each day.

Commencement Speaker Gen. Richard Myers, USAF (Ret) and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the graduating class that they were entering a world which will demand their attention. He encouraged them to use the leadership skills, integrity, and character they developed during their time at Norwich to make the world a better place.

“We are all in this together,” Myers said.

Late Sunday afternoon, students were still packing dorm room contents in a few cars on the Upper Parade, and several family members hugged before going their separate ways.

And for the 188th time, Norwich said goodbye to a new class of leaders for both our nation’s armed forces and civilian pursuits.


Co-Valedictorians

Amanda Benson

Amanda Benson

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Hometown
Winter Garden, Florida
Degree
BS Communications
Career plans
On June 11, Benson starts work as an editor for ESPN in Bristol, Connecticut. Her long-term plans are to apply to UCLA film school to pursue a master’s.
Greatest achievement at Norwich
She says her greatest achievements at Norwich include being declared Class Valedictorian, her theater experience with the Pegasus Players and her contribution in making the documentary ‘Vermont Fallen.’

Julia Shedd

Julia Shedd

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Hometown
East Calais, Vermont
Degree
BS Biology
Career plans
Julia is seeking a job teaching high school biology for the upcoming year. Her long-term plans include pursuing a master’s degree either in biology or geology and then eventually a doctoral degree.
Greatest achievement at Norwich
She considers her greatest achievement graduating with a 4.0 GPA while holding down two part-time jobs.

Don’t spend your lives focusing on the negativity in the world or it will stifle you. It is far too easy to get caught up in negativity to the exclusion of all else.

— Julia Shedd

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