On Facebook, Class of 2024 parents post pictures of their daughters’ and sons’ arrivals for the holiday

Norwich University’s students have been heading home, or will do so shortly, to celebrate Thanksgiving and to spend the balance of the fall semester learning remotely. Many families have welcomed their arrivals photographically, posting a burst of snapshots on a members-only Class of 2024 Facebook group.

In photographs grouped in twos, threes and sometimes more, parents have chronicled the transition from the Upper Parade Ground to kitchens and living rooms. Several shots show Corps of Cadets members grinning proudly in their gray tunic uniforms, complete with black face masks, as their parents come to get them. Other shots show the newly home students ringed by proud kin.

“I love how the parents have come together to celebrate each other.” Norwich University President Mark C. Anarumo

In his virtual town hall Thursday night, President Mark C. Anarumo said he enjoyed the before-and-after contrast.

“They reminded me that social media can be fun,” he said of the photos. “I love how the parents have come together to celebrate each other. … You’re obviously very proud of your sons and daughters, as you should be.

“I think you’ve seen the positive change in them,” he added. “We’re very grateful that you trusted us … we hope that you agree that it’s been a good experience for them.”

Beyond the photos, Anarumo told of a corridor meeting and how-are-you-heading-home discussion with a rook. Anarumo said the rook told him she’d stay through Wednesday, the semester’s final day, because she’d become so comfortable.

“I said, ‘Is there a reason you want to stay? Is everything OK at home?’” Anarumo recalled asking her. “And she said, ‘Yes, sir. I have a wonderful home life and loving parents. But this is my family now and I don’t want to go.’

“I thought that was beautiful,” Anarumo said.

We wish everyone in the Norwich community a safe holiday, wherever and however, you’re celebrating.

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(Sideshow photos via Class of 2024 Parents Group, via Facebook.)

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