Norwich University photographer Mark Collier captures the cadets’ reaction to the Junior Ring design at the reveal on October 17, 2018.

2020 class sees ring design for the first time. 

In the Norwich family, we know one another pretty well. But even in our tight-knit community, a few are so omnipresent as to be on a first-name basis with nearly everyone they come into contact with. Count among those few Mark Collier, the NU staff photographer whose lens documents the everyday story on the Hill, moving through and capturing moments as we live them in real time, working as fast and efficiently as his shutter speed—well, almost.

So, what is the design of the class of 2019 Junior Ring? Look closely.

With each expression, the ring changes, transforms, from a thing of beauty and wonder, to a mark of pride, to a goal achieved, to the realization of something long anticipated. With each expression, the ring takes on a new meaning, transcending from forged metal into something far greater. Those who came before this moment will see themselves in these faces. Those who come after will aspire to it. For these members of the class of 2019, this moment belongs entirely to them.

So, what is the design of the class of 2019 Junior Ring? Look into their faces, and there you’ll see it.

On October 31, 2018, National Geographic named this photo an editors’ pick, saying that Collier “anticipated where the real photo would be.” Well done, Mark. Visit the Nat Geo website to see the image, titled “The Reveal,” in its full dimension.

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