At Oath Ceremony, first-year students commit to Norwich University and themselves

“Do not take the oath lightly,” President Dr. Mark Anarumo said. “It is more than words uttered.”

The Oath Ceremony, a traditional Norwich University autumn rite, came Sunday, reflecting what-a-difference-a-year-makes progress. In 2020, the coronavirus pandemic separated students into Corps and civilian cohorts to swear in different campus spots at 6-foot distances, behind masks. Vaccinations meant 2021’s oath takers could stand together on the Upper Parade Ground, closer together, faces uncovered.

Anarumo suggested students could stoke societal progress by following Norwich’s bedrock values of honest, ethical behavior, outlined in the Guiding Values and Honor Code. A struggling world, beset by lingering health crises and deepening political acrimony, needs Norwich students’ noble qualities more than ever, he said.

“These words are not just words; they represent a commitment to this university, fellow students, and most importantly, yourselves,” he said. “And you must stay true to yourselves.”

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THE OATHS

Civilian, administered by Haley Bechard '22
“I will henceforth strive to live by the Norwich Guiding Values as a student of Norwich University. I promise to accept and apply the principles of the Honor Code and Guiding Values, to abide by the Norwich University Rules and Regulations, to obey the legal orders of Norwich officials, to foster the Norwich spirit, to uphold the traditions of my Alma Mater. In all my endeavors from this day forth, I will reflect the spirit of the Norwich motto: ‘I will try.’”

Corps of Cadets, administered by Regimental Commander Matthew Cutting ’22
“I will henceforth strive to live by the Norwich Creed. As a member of the Norwich Corps of Cadets I promise to accept and apply the principles of the Honor Code; to abide by the Norwich Rules and Regulations; to obey the legal orders of Norwich officials and my seniors in the Corps of Cadets; to foster the Norwich spirit; and to uphold the traditions of my Alma Mater. In all my endeavors from this day forth, I will reflect the spirit of the Norwich motto: “I will try.’”

(Slideshow photos by Norwich University Corps of Cadets and Norwich University Photography.)


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