Comments from nine states roll in on Facebook Live during  online ceremony

As the December graduates watched Thursday night’s virtual send-off ceremony, well-wishers gathered on Facebook Live’s margins to blow virtual kisses, and in one case, a virtual mortarboard.

Sixty-two Norwich students graduated, drawing stacks of graphical hearts, smiley faces and balloons. Ninety-one comments rolled in from Florida, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and cyberspace’s many corners.

The Career and Internship Center thanked Anissa Powell for 3.5 years of service. Deb Seibert hailed her sons, 2020 graduate Tim Seibert, who’s in the U.S. Marine Corps and Casey Seibert ’10, who’s in the U.S. Air Force. Francine Bouyett lauded her younger brother, new graduate Gabriel Bouyett.

“Love you,” she wrote. “Proud older sister!!!”

Even if the crowd wasn’t lost for words, it was once lost for spelling.

“Darn it!” Pepper Pasqwaly quipped, “I need to go back to school and learn to spell PROUD!!!!”

Jeanette M. McMahon wrote that the Norwich experience transformed her son.

“Thank you Norwich University!” she wrote. “I gave you a young, eager man, you gave me a mature, intelligent, resilient man.”

Here’s the complete list of December graduates.

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