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NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Gathering from across the country and around the globe under the theme of “Celebrating 200 Years of Distinction,” 497 students representing 13 online graduate programs and six bachelor’s degree completion programs will come together for a week of capstone and culminating academic work and conferences and commencement exercises at Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) annual weeklong Residency Conference June 17-21.

The 2019 graduating class, composed of working professionals from all walks of life, will become part of a legacy of leadership, service and experiential learning that has lasted 200 years. The Class of 2019 graduates includes active-duty and veteran military personnel, healthcare professionals, law enforcement officers and special agents, entrepreneurs and educators.

2019 Residency by the numbers: 

  • 497 students will represent all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico and three international countries: Canada, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom.
  • Norwich University will host 638 students, faculty and guests during the week.
  • 53% of the graduating class has served or is serving in the military.
  • An additional 141 guests will gather on campus during Residency.
  • 46 faculty members will participate.
  • 11% of students have more than one degree from Norwich University.
  • 177 unique academic sessions, panels and discussions will convene during the week.

The first female U.S. Navy F14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot, Carey Lohrenz, will deliver the keynote presentation at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, in Plumley Armory as part of Norwich’s Todd Lecture Series, a program that brings distinguished speakers to campus to participate in academic discussions with the community. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit the Todd Lecture Series website.

Students participate in commencement exercises at 10 a.m. Friday, June 21, in Shapiro Field House. This year’s commencement speaker is Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Peter A. (Duke) DeLuca, lifelong U.S. Army servicemember and engineer and Eurasian Foreign Area Officer.

Highlight experiential learning during the week includes MBA students working with King Industries, a chemical manufacturer in Norwalk, Connecticut. The exercise will apply concepts derived from coursework to such areas as project and resource management; marketing; leadership; operations and finance as they help King Industries identify obstacles to operational growth.

The 2019 Residency Conference will also feature the seventh-annual Leadership Summit, which empowers multidisciplinary groups of students to help nine organizations address internal leadership challenges.

Norwich also hosts the third annual Cybersecurity Summit, sponsored by the Institute for Public Procurement (NIGP), which brings together experts in business, information security and assurance and public administration to discuss the challenges relative to cybersecurity's rapid evolution.

The fourth annual Hack-a-Thon provides individuals in cybersecurity programs with the opportunity to conduct vulnerability assessments and penetration tests on the information technology of a Vermont state agency. Students gain practical experience in assessing cybersecurity threats while the participating state agency will learn more about vulnerabilities in its information technology systems and how to rectify those insufficiencies.

Additional exercises in forensics and cybersecurity will allow students in public administration, criminal justice, and information security and assurance test their knowledge by solving a mock crime with physical and digital evidence.

In disciplines such as international relations, history, military history, civil engineering, diplomacy and nursing, students will present research and capstone projects that culminate their academic experiences at Norwich. Students in diplomacy and international relations also participate in comprehensive case studies relevant to their fields.


Norwich University College of Graduate and Continuing Studies

About CGCS

Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) builds upon the institution’s 200-year academic heritage with innovative online programs. CGCS offers master’s degrees in a variety of areas, bachelor’s degree completion programs, graduate certificates, and continuing-education opportunities. The programs are recognized throughout the industry for their rigor, small class size, high student satisfaction, and retention.


About Norwich University

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation's six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). 

Norwich will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders, Norwich launched the Forging the Future campaign in 2014. The five-year campaign, which is timed to culminate in 2019, is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities and is designed to enhance the university’s strong position as it steps into its third century of service to the nation.

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