Commencement, Commissioning, Nurse Pinning Ceremony mark end of spring semester and 2020-21 academic year

All roads, virtual though they’ve sometimes been this year, have led here.

Commencement, Joint Commissioning and the Nurse Pinning Ceremony lie ahead this week, a trio of rites capping the 2020-21 academic year. Norwich University adapted to the coronavirus pandemic and went about its business, led by Dr. Mark Anarumo in his first year as president.

A pair of distinguished military speakers will deliver remarks for the Commencement, which will run at 9 a.m. and noon at Shapiro Fieldhouse and Kreitzberg Arena and Joint Commissioning, which will run at 3 p.m. on Sabine Field at Haynes Family Stadium.

­— Commencement

9 a.m., Shapiro Fieldhouse: Graduates of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice in the College of Liberal Arts, and graduates of the School of Architecture+Art and School of Business in the College of Professional Schools. See the livestream.

9 a.m., Kreitzberg Arena: Graduates of the College of Science and Mathematics academic programs. See the livestream.

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Gen. Mark A. Milley
U.S. Army

Noon, Shapiro Fieldhouse: Graduates of the School of Cybersecurity, Data Science and Computing, the David E. Crawford School of Engineering, and the School of Nursing in the College of Professional Schools. See the livestream.

Noon, Kreitzberg Arena: Graduates of the College of Liberal Arts, all academic programs except for those in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. See the livestream.

Joint Chiefs Chairman and U.S. Army Gen. Mark A. Milley will deliver the keynote address. He is the senior-most ranking member of the military and serves as principal adviser to President Joe Biden, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin III and the National Security Council.

— Joint Commissioning

3 p.m., Sabine Field at Haynes Family Stadium. (The ceremony will move to Shapiro Fieldhouse given inclement weather). See the livestream.

Maj. Gen. Gary Keefe ’86, U.S. Air Force Reserve and Massachusetts National Guard adjutant general, will speak. Keefe oversees the Massachusetts National Guard’s strategic direction, administration and operation, which has a $450 million annual budget.

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Maj. Gen. Gary Keefe ’86,
U.S. Air Force Reserve

At 4:15 p.m., Service Commissioning ceremonies will follow:

  • U.S. Army, Sabine Field, or Shapiro Fieldhouse in inclement weather. See the livestream.
  • U.S. Air Force, Jackman Hall’s steps, or in Mack Hall Auditorium in inclement weather. See the livestream.
  • U.S. Naval Program, Wise Campus Center Green, or in Plumley Armory in inclement weather. See the livestream.

For complete Commencement and Commissioning details, click here.

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— Nurse pinning: At 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Norwich will hold its virtual spring Pinning Ceremony for nursing students in its Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program.

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Norwich University nursing students participate in a virtual Pinning Ceremony in December. The spring pinning ceremony is this week. (Screenshot from GoToMeeting/Norwich University.)

The Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program was created for students with previous degrees to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in five semesters, as opposed to the traditional four-year program.

As Norwich Nursing Director Paulette Thabault has said, nursing pinning ceremonies date back to the 1860s, when Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), a British nurse and social reformer, received the Red Cross of St. George for her patient care during the Crimean War in the 1850s.

Nightingale, who transformed nursing by setting hospital sanitation standards, establishing a laundry to get patients clean linens and creating an “invalid’s kitchen” to feed patients with special dietary needs, also believed in recognizing jobs well done.

Norwich held its White Coat Ceremony for nursing students earlier this month.

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— Built to last: The School of Architecture+Art, part of the College of Professional Schools, will hold an awards ceremony at 1 p.m. Friday. Click here to attend.

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— Use the Force: The Sullivan Museum and History Center at noon Wednesday will present the second of two science fiction-themed virtual Lunch and Learns. This talk on “Star Wars and its Historical Influences,” the George Lucas-created movie franchise, bookends with one on “Star Trek,” Gene Roddenberry’s TV series that spawned spinoffs and movies, from earlier this month.

Science fiction enthusiasts Glennie Sewell and Joseph Cates will discuss how Star Wars architect George Lucas was influenced by history, theology, mysticism, and mythology to create his space opera. Cates is the Sullivan Museum’s education curator.

Click here for details.

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For a complete listing of upcoming Norwich University events, click here.


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