Norwich University President Richard W. Schneider and his wife, Jaime, wave to onlookers Sept. 2, 2019, during the Northfield Labor Day Parade for which they were grand marshals. On Tuesday, Norwich community members will participate in a car parade to honor the Schneiders, who are moving away from Northfield and campus as the president retires. (Photo courtesy of Michael Krause.)

Car parade on campus will let Norwich University community salute much respected, soon-to-retire leader

Richard W. Schneider has loved the parades — the thumping of feet, the trumpeters’ bleats, the lining of streets. He and his wife, Jaime, have gamely ridden in many Norwich parades over his 28 years as Norwich University’s president. On Labor Day weekend, for example, they rode on the university’s bicentennial float through Northfield as grand marshals of the Northfield Labor Day Parade.

On Tuesday, instead of being in a parade, the Schneiders will be honorees.

In a video posted on YouTube, Norwich University President Richard W. Schneider speaks to armed forces ROTC students who are about to take their commissioning oaths and become officers.

In virtual ceremonies, Norwich ROTC students to take oath, become armed forces officers and defenders of United States

With 74 life-transforming words Sunday, a collection of Norwich University seniors will join a special 1% group and achieve a profoundly proud moment, alumnus and U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Daniel J. MacDonnell said. Although the coronavirus pandemic has separated them geographically, MacDonnell, 2020’s commissioning guest speaker, said the words, in their commissioning oaths, will unite the students powerfully, in spirit and in service.

With pluck and panache, Norwich University students, faculty seize chance to celebrate earning degrees virtually

This moment was meant for a stage. Ordinarily, campus (and Northfield, Vermont) would be alive this weekend with energy and music and families — all gathered to honor the Class of 2020. Although the coronavirus emptied the university’s buildings and grounds, emotions remain high — joy and relief prominent — as students and their mentors and professors reflected on completing their degrees and meeting their futures.

Richard W. Schneider, who spent 28 years as Norwich University’s president, will deliver the 2020 Commencement address to graduating seniors on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. (Photo by Norwich University Photography.)

NORTHFIELD, Vt. — Norwich University is honored to announce that its own President Richard W. Schneider, one of the nation’s longest-seated university leaders who will retire on May 31 after  28 years at the helm, will deliver the 2020 Commencement address to graduating seniors on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020.

U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Daniel J. MacDonnell, Office of the Chief of Navy Reserve and former Deputy Chief, Central Security service, National Security Agency, Norwich Class of 1985, will deliver the keynote address at the 2020 virtual commissioning ceremony.

NORTHFIELD, Vt. — Norwich University’s graduating future officers will hear remarks from a fellow alum during virtual personal ceremonies for all three Reserve Officers’ Training Corps departments beginning May 3.

Although Norwich University’s campus is largely closed to guard against the coronavirus pandemic, the Norwich University Alumni Association’s annual Legacy of Learning seminar series continues online. (Photo by Mark Collier.)

Legacy of Learning series brings experts, topical discussions online for virtual lessons

The coronavirus pandemic upended routines and sent Norwich University’s community inside and online. But the learning, as ever, continues. The Norwich University Alumni Association’s Legacy of Learning Series followed spring semester classes into virtual spaces.


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