NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University will celebrate its 200th birthday with thousands of alumni and their guests during the university’s annual Homecoming Weekend, Sept. 18-22.

 The public is invited to take part in Norwich’s bicentennial by attending the special commemoration events, viewing a spectacular fireworks display on Friday night, visiting the food trucks on Friday or Saturday, and attending the athletic competitions throughout the weekend. 

Check out the schedule of events here:

Individuals and community groups are also encouraged to volunteer for a number of fun activities that support the success of homecoming weekend. Visit for a list of times and positions available.

Highlights of Homecoming 2019, open to the public:

Thursday, Sept. 19:

11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Campus tours, Roberts Hall.
3-4 p.m. 200 Years - 200 Objects Exhibit Gallery Talk, Sullivan Museum, livestreamed on Facebook 
4-6 p.m. Bicentennial Stairs Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Behind Goodyear Hall 

Friday, Sept. 20:
11 a.m. Campus tour, Roberts Hall.
2:30-3:45 p.m. Harmon Wall Rededication Ceremony, White Memorial Chapel.
4:15 – 5 p.m. Corps of Cadets Review with Retreat Parade, Upper Parade Ground.
Dusk (approximately 9 p.m.) Fireworks display. Best viewing from Sabine Field. 
NU Sports: Men’s soccer begins at 6:30 p.m. Check the schedule here.

Saturday, Sept. 21:
9:30-11 Alumni Parade with NU Corps of Cadets Review, Sabine Field. Watch it on live-stream
Beginning at 12 p.m. five NU fall sports teams have games at home: volleyball, men’s and women’s rugby, women’s soccer and football. Check the schedule here.
1:40 p.m. Corps of Cadets Football March-On, Haynes Family Stadium at Sabine Field, to begin the historic rivalry football game against Coast Guard Academy. Livestream here:

The Bicentennial Block Party will take place on Central Street on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 20 – 21 from 11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.  A dozen food trucks plus a beer tent hosted by 14th Star Brewery are open to the public.  There will be live entertainment on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

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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 University celebrates its bicentennial throughout 2019, culminating with major events at Homecoming in September. 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. For information please go to:

Media contact:
Daphne Larkin
Office of Communications
Norwich University
Northfield, Vt.
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