NORTHFIELD, Vt. — Norwich University is honored that this year’s Northfield, Vermont, Labor Day festivities will celebrate the university’s 200th birthday.   

A Vermont Chamber of Commerce “Top 10” event, Northfield’s Labor Day Weekend Celebration spans three days: Saturday, Aug. 31 – Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, and includes an impressive parade from 10:30 a.m. to noon Monday, Sept. 2. Other events include a footrace, live performances and a dance party.

As part of this year’s theme, “Celebrating Norwich 200,” President Richard W. Schneider will serve as the 2019 parade grand marshal. Norwich’s 1,500-member Corps of Cadets will continue its tradition of marching in the parade. There will be a special bicentennial float and Norwich representatives will have a large tent on the Depot Square green with giveaways and activities throughout the weekend.

Following the parade on Monday, Norwich University officials will cut and serve a large ceremonial birthday cake.

Please join the Norwich University and Northfield community in this historic celebration!

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Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation's six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). www.norwich.edu

Norwich University celebrates its bicentennial throughout 2019, culminating with major events at Homecoming in September. In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders, Norwich launched the Forging the Future campaign in 2014. The five-year campaign, which is timed to culminate in 2019, is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities and is designed to enhance the university’s strong position as it steps into its third century of service to the nation. For information please go to: http://bicentennial.norwich.edu/

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