Rewatch and revisit Military Writers’ Symposium, presidential welcome, traditional rites and ceremonies

This past year has been unlike any other we have experienced. The global pandemic prompted the university to pivot to virtual events to keep our community physically distanced, healthy and safe. 

2020 brought the closing of one chapter in May, with the retirement of and virtual farewell to President Richard W. Schneider, the university’s longest-serving president, and the beginning of a new one in June, with a virtual welcome to Norwich University’s 24th president, Dr. Mark C. Anarumo, USAF, (Ret).

With virtual open houses, bringing the campus experience to college-bound students, a one-of-a-kind, live-broadcast homecoming celebration and an abundance of special online events, technology has allowed us to stay connected and to preserve and share these special moments. While videos of our programs and gatherings cannot replace the atmosphere of in-person ones, Norwich University strove to bring a sense of familiarity, festivity and family to our community during this atypical year.

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While videos of our programs and gatherings cannot replace the atmosphere of in-person ones, Norwich University strove to bring a sense of familiarity, festivity and family to our community during this atypical year.

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News from the Hill June 1 – Welcome, President Anarumo
2020’s biggest highlight has been welcoming Dr. Mark Anarumo, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel, as the 24th president of Norwich University. Watch a News from the Hill update that introduces President Anarumo to the community on his first day in the office, June 1, 2020.

Farewell, President Schneider 
More than 28 years ago, Richard W. Schneider arrived in Northfield, Vermont, to become the 23rd president of Norwich University. In May 2020, he retired. In the nearly three decades he served as president, he inspired and executed his strategic plan with extraordinary competence, humility and boundless energy. Watch a series of videos that takes a look back at his 28 years at Norwich.

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Emma Henderson, Norwich University’s senior associate director of strategic admissions, leads a tour of Sabine Field and Haynes Family Stadium during a virtual open house. (Screenshot from video.)

Virtual open house
Choosing a college is a major decision, one that isn’t made without asking a lot of questions, and during a normal year, a campus visit. While travel restrictions and campus COVID-19 policies meant we couldn’t accept visitors for most of the fall semester, we have remained committed to bringing the campus tour experience to you, right here via your keyboard or touch screen. See the numerous ways you can explore campus and watch a series of videos from Norwich’s latest open house to learn about our programs and to get the answers you need to feel right at home.

2020 undergrad Commencement, Commissioning 2020, College of Graduate and Continuing Studies degree conferral and December grad recognition
This atypical year caused the university to postpone and change the way we celebrated our Class of 2020’s accomplishments. With unprecedented challenges before us, we have never been prouder of our Norwich graduates. Again, congratulations, Norwich University Class of 2020! Watch this series of videos to review and celebrate the Norwich University Class of 2020 undergraduate Commencement Ceremony, 2020 Commissioning Address, Norwich’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies 2020 Degree Conferral Ceremony and the December graduates’ 2020 Recognition Ceremony. Watch here.

Corps and Civilian oath ceremonies
To begin their journey at Norwich, incoming students in the Class of 2024 came together to pledge to uphold the principles of Norwich University at the start of the fall semester. The Oath Ceremony is a long-standing Norwich tradition. Corps and civilians each participate in an oath ceremony, a “beginning” that cultivates unity across the student body. Watch the Class of 2024 civilian student and Corps oath ceremonies here.

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Col. Todd Edwards conducts the Regimental Band during a bicentennial concert on Jackman Hall’s steps as part of the virtual Homecoming 2020 in October. (Screenshot from video.)

Homecoming 2020
The celebration moved from the Hill to your home! Homecoming 2020 did not take place on campus this fall and while several aspects of the celebration were postponed to 2021, new events were created and other traditional on-campus events transitioned to a virtual experience. Watch this series of videos to experience a unique homecoming that includes the Corps of Cadets Review with Retreat, the Regimental Band’s bicentennial concert, morning physical training with the Corps, the Grit Games and more! 

2020 Tri-Service Awards Ceremony
Norwich University Tri-Service Awards honors the service, resilience and displays of moral character that are trademarks of our students and our university. While graduating senior awardees were recognized virtually in spring 2020, the ceremony for our undergraduate students was rescheduled to the fall 2020 semester. Watch the events to join us in celebrating the leadership, academic and athletic achievements of cadets in our Corps of Cadets.

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William Lyons ’90, a senior fellow for Norwich University’s Center for Global Resilience and Security, moderates the “Weaponizing Water” panel discussion Oct. 8 in Mack Hall. The virtually broadcast session was the centerpiece of this fall’s Military Writers’ Symposium. (Screenshot from video.)

2020 Norwich University Military Writers Symposium

The only program of its kind at an American university, the Norwich University Military Writers’ Symposium convenes authors and experts in the fields of military history, intelligence and current affairs to offer important perspectives on pressing global concerns. This year’s event examined the long history of water and warfare, and today’s strategic and tactical implications. Watch this series of videos for discussions on “Weaponizing Water: Ancient Tactic, New Implications.”

Parent and Family Weekend
While parents and family members were unable to visit their students on campus this year, the university provided a virtual Parent & Family Weekend experience. Virtual events included a Corps of Cadets Review, rook military skills competition, knock-out drill competition, legacy pinning and more! Watch the series of videos on Facebook or the Parent and Family Association website to get a taste of the campus experience.  

Veterans Day 2020 
The Norwich University community observed Veterans Day with a Corps of Cadets Review in honor of all veterans. The ceremony included prolonged cannon fire for the Roll of Wars, a wreath laying, firing of three rifle volleys and the playing of echo taps. Lt. Gen. John J. Broadmeadow ’83, who retired from the U.S. Marine Corps on Oct. 1, was the reviewing officer and guest speaker. Watch a tribute to veterans composed of observance highlights here or catch the full ceremony on Facebook.


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