Queues form outside Sabine Field in September 2019 for the Homecoming Alumni Parade. (Photo by Mark Collier.)

In commencement messages, Norwich alumni encourage Class of 2020 to embrace opportunity, build relationships

Class of 2020 graduates weren’t the only ones missing commencement. The coronavirus campus shutdown meant an empty Shapiro Fieldhouse and neither mortarboard tosses, nor keynote speeches nor joyful whoops. There were also no encouraging words from the many people — parents, siblings, professors, staff and alumni — who supported the students this year and all the others.

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Grateful Norwich community pays tribute to outgoing President Richard W. Schneider

Wanda Dami remembers once needing to park her car on campus in 2013, when she brought her son, Joseph, then a Norwich freshman, back after a break. She’d searched the lots and thought she’d lucked out with a space, but it was reserved — for President Richard W. Schneider.

Norwich rising senior Jack Carlson earned one of 28 slots in the summer’s NASA Student Airborne Research Project. Two hundred ninety-one students applied. (Photo by Ethan Hagstrom.)

Norwich student Jack Carlson earns spot in NASA Student Airborne Research Project

Jack Carlson will admit to having his head in the clouds sometimes. His career ambition is up there.

Carlson, an environmental science major and rising senior with dreams of piloting aircraft, will combine his passions for flight and research this summer with NASA’s Student Airborne Research Program, an eight-week, science, technology, engineering and mathematics-focused internship for senior-year undergraduates.

Seminars in the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies’ Online Virtual Education Fair will cover the post-COVID-19 economy, high-demand degrees, degree financing and other topics. The courses are free. (Photo courtesy Norwich University College of Graduate and Continuing Studies.)

NORTHFIELD, Vt. — Designed to support professionals in a post-COVID-19 world, Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) is offering six free 45-minute webinar sessions as part of the Norwich University Online Virtual Education Fair from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 21, 2020.

Norwich University’s new Bachelor of Science in Design Arts major nurtures critical thinking, includes partnerships with nearby industries and unifies art, craft and technology with a pragmatic approach to integrating theory and application. (Photo by Norwich University Photography.)

NORTHFIELD, Vt. ­— Norwich University officials announced a new Bachelor of Science in Design Arts major beginning Fall 2020. The degree program falls within the School of Architecture + Art in the College of Professional Schools, which houses the Design+Build Collaborative.

Students in the Narrative Medicine class that opened the Norwich Humanities Initiative visited National Life’s offices in Montpelier in November to see “Being There,” a collection of portraits and stories from 14 hospice caregivers in central Vermont by photographer Corey Hendrickson. The initiative’s pilot slate continues with three new courses. (Photo courtesy of Patricia Ferreira.)

NORTHFIELD, Vt. — Norwich University has been awarded a $100,000 Humanities Connections Implementation Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to continue work on the Norwich Humanities Initiative, an interdisciplinary curriculum project which was launched in 2018 with the support of a $35,000 NEH Humanities Connections Planning Grant.

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.


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