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Let’s Celebrate the Class of 2020 Together on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 2 p.m. EDT

Shapiro may be empty, but our hearts are full

With unprecedented challenges before us, we have never been more proud of you, our Norwich graduates. The world needs your strength, talent, grit, and compassion now more than ever. Take with you the leadership and readiness skills you have honed at Norwich — semper paratus — always be ready. You are well prepared to serve. We are proud.

Congratulations, Norwich class of 2020!

MAY 2, 2020

Sept. 12, 2020— Virtual Commencement

We came together virtually to recognize and celebrate the Class of 2020 in a virtual Commencement Ceremony after the COVID-19 pandemic caused the cancellation of the scheduled in-person ceremony in May.

Live Recording

MAY 2, 2020

May 2, 2020—President Schneider

President Schneider's heartfelt reflection on missing you, his last graduating class under his 28-year presidency at Norwich.


MAY 2, 2020—Alumni welcome

Welcome to the Norwich family!

Your time on The Hill may have been cut short, but your connection to all that is Norwich has just begun.



2020 Virtual Commissioning Ceremony

President Schneider and RADM Dan MacDonnell '85 recognize the commissioning class of 2020.



For Our Student Athletes

From empty Sabine Field, President Schneider expresses his deep gratitude and loss. Coaches offer parting advice and thanks.



A Look Back

Surprise! What you would have seen on the big screen as you entered Shapiro Field House. Thanks for the memories.



Tri-Service Awards

Special salutes, all in the line of service. These awards honor students for leadership in our four military branches.



2020 Research and Creativity

2020 Celebration of Excellence in Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity.



Notes to you on Facebook

Alumni extend their words of wisdom, and humor, to the graduating class of 2020.



Custom NU Facebook Frames

Let’s cover the Norwich family’s Facebook profile pictures with messages of congratulations.


Special letter from Provost Sandra G. Affenito (PDF 371KB)


Virtual Commencement Program

From the Director of Alumni & Family Relations

On September 12th we will recognize the achievements of the Class of 2020 with a virtual commencement ceremony. Though they will not be able to walk the stage this year, Norwich President Mark C. Anarumo has extended an invitation for the class to do so at any future commencement until all members of the Class of 2020 have received that recognition. Perhaps some will wait until 2070 when they will celebrate commencement and enter the Old Guard in the same year!

Help welcome and celebrate our newest alumni!

Alumni: If you are interested in meeting the new grads in your area, let me know and we’ll help you connect with them.

Class of 2020: Your Norwich email address will expire at the end of October. Use this form to update your contact info now so we can invite you to alumni events and help you network and connect with other alumni and classmates wherever you go.

Norwich alumni leave some words of wisdom, and humor, for the graduating class of 2020.

alumni quotes from facebook

Steve Vee ’02 M’12:

You are seeing first hand the strength of a nation in a time of uncertainty. My class graduated 7 months after 9/11. Uncertainty is out there but know one thing, Norwich has prepared you to make a difference. This is your time to lead (both Military, Law Enforcement and Civilian careers). I am proud of all of you. This is your moment. 2002 (BS), 2012 (MA)

George Hemond M’04:

From Abraham Lincoln: “Every man should be proud of the place he lives and every place should be proud of the man who lives there”

Brian James M’15:

Tell people that you went to Rutgers.

Dan Corindia ’00:

For those going military or civilian “Number one. Take care of your family. When (insert service branch of company) is done with you, they’re done with you. You don’t want to get to the end of your career, check six, and find nobody there.” He’s the older filmed “Mentor’s Moment” of this https://youtu.be/Z4jQrliGHug

Military mentor’s best question: “What do you want to do when you grow-up (aka leave the military)? The end comes quicker than you think it will. Decide that when you’re an Lt. Then put your TA towards something you want to do (not a worthless degree just to have one), start your investments for your future when time is on your side, and if you have to leave the service early you’ve already got a plan.” https://youtu.be/7ny0ezrNApY

P.M. Fugère ’02 M’12:

Never think you have “arrived” because that leads to laziness and complacency. Seek knowledge and wisdom; especially when it comes from your personal wealth. Never forget where you came from. Best of luck! NU ’02, MA’12

Tom Walton ’89:

Keep all options open; be humble, every experience will be a learning experience; volunteer for undesirable tasks; and don’t be afraid to leave your hometown!

Maria Burns ’94:

All entry level jobs are tedious. That’s why they’re entry level. Stick with it and don’t quite three days after you start.

Leon Mable ’79:

Go out and do your best! Be yourself and try to be a good person to others.

Michael Hutchison ’03:

Work on your salute. If you think I’m just being funny, I’m not. If you are going into the service as an officer, you should show as much respect to the people saluting you as you can. A proper salute shows respect. A mocking salute mocks those saluting you. Rugg Adillo (alias, could not find in RE): To quote a part of a phrase to rugby players; “continue on not alone but with the spirit of those who have struggled on before.” You are part of something bigger than yourselves now. Become the leaders you have been trained to be. With you!

David Steves ’02 M’14:

Never stop giving back, not only enrich your career but the communities you belong to. Stay in touch with your friends from Norwich, I love catching up and seeing their families. At the end of the day you will be remembered for who you have inspired, that will be your legacy. NU’02, MBA’14

Zachary Gibson ’19:

Things aren’t going to go the way you planned, whatever it is that happens, keep trying. It makes all the difference. NU’19

Keith Benoit ’89:

Your journey will become a grind in many ways that are unforeseen. Stay true to your moral compass … display compassion for those around you … but most importantly be true to yourself for you have been tested … tried … and were built to lead!

Melissa Taft ’83:

Be humble, be flexible, keep your options open, seek a mentor, find your passion.

Rich McNally ’74:

All great bits of advice here! Above all, stay disciplined.

Bill MacHarrie ’65:

Live life as Norwich has taught and trained you.

Joyce B. LaRosa ’82:

Always look for opportunities to learn and contribute. Take risks, be vulnerable and raise those up around you. Ask “Why?” And Listen for Learning.

Jim Black ’18:

As is tradition, never forget to mention how harder it was in your day.

Chris Toulouse ’90:

Strive to maximize the skills that you acquired at Norwich.

Andrew O’Sullivan ’13:

If you’re going into the civilian sector from being a cadet, try to find an organization where you have camaraderie, and an opportunity for leadership: pipe band, fire department, ems, scouting unit. You’ll be lacking camaraderie you had in the Corps and wanting something similar. Stay in touch with your rook buddies.

Todd Bajakian ’94:

Listen to your NCOs. They too have a vested interest in the Soldiers you are about to lead.

Vlad Gutierrez ’02:

Hey seniors..as much as you think you know, and you guys have a head and shoulders lead on any Officer in any branch. ... Be humble and learn from other senior NCOs. You guys are going to be great! Keep your head down, ears open and mouths closed.

Beth Dewey ’85:

Show up, be engaged. Nick Jacobs (non-degree seeking):

Keep in touch with each other. Network. A lot. You have made it this far, now it’s time to put it to use. Your work ethic will get you the invite to the party, but how you play the political game, will get you on the dance floor…

Mark Maitag ’94:

“To thine own self be true.” That’s about it.

Tom Dale ’79:

Go back and visit Norwich when you can. Anytime is good but Homecoming weekends are best. You will be amazed at what your classmates have done – in their work, the families they have created, the hobbies that they have acquired, the contributions they have made to society, etc. You will relish that handshake or hug. You will have some laughs. You will realize that whatever sacrifice was made to get there that it was worth it and you will want to go back again.

Joe Groves M’16:

You don’t have to have ALL the answers today.

Karen Abel ’86:

Congratulations! We need you! Please serve your country, community and fellow human beings in any way that you can. Christopher Ross (unable to determine which Christopher Ross alum he is – maybe ’11?): No one is going to do it for you, you have to do it for yourself. Work hard at building a network of useful connections and showcase your failures as an opportunity for everyone to learn. Strive for excellence and keep your ethical compass true.

Joel Martin ’16:

Don’t ignore the crippling debt.

Larry Bailey ’65:

You have been trained as leaders. All businesses, Congress, and your fellow citizens all need leadership. Take measured chances and take charge!

Rob Clark ’93:

Be flexible, with job, people, and with priorities. Catherine Mary Wiley (not alum and unable to find in RE. friend of the university): Always support the people around you and be sure of yourself/.

Arielle Ann Eaton ’14:

Don’t get discouraged easily. Don’t let yourself feel too lost. It’s hard going from a small school to the ‘real world’ by you WILL figure it out just as you figured it out when you entered college. Just take it one day, one opportunity, at a time.

Keith Wiley M’18:

Sharks die if they do not keep swimming forward. Be the shark, keep swimming forward.

Jeremiah “Lumpy” Lumbaca ’95:

Check out “Tiger King” on Netflix. It’s awesome.

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