Former Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno to Speak at 2016 Norwich Commencement


April 5, 2016

Norwich is honored to announce that former Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno will deliver the university’s 2016 Commencement address to graduating seniors on Saturday, May 14.

A decorated officer and distinguished leader, Odierno served as the 38th Chief of Staff of the United States Army from 2011 to 2015. His previous posts include assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, where he served as the primary military advisor to U.S. Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice.

Odierno’s military career spans nearly 40 years of service, during which he commanded units at every level, from platoon to the battlefield, with duty in Germany, Albania, Kuwait, Iraq, and the United States.

Odierno retired from active military service last year. He became a senior advisor to JPMorgan Chase & Company in September, where he provides strategic advice and global insights to company Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon and its board of directors and operating committee. In that capacity, Odierno engages a broad range of issues, including international planning and country risk analysis, technology, operations, leadership training, and the rapidly evolving issues of physical and cyber security.

Odierno’s military awards and decorations include five Defense Distinguished Service Medals, three Army Distinguished Service Medals, the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, six Legions of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, four Meritorious Service Medals, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, and the Combat Action Badge. He has also received the Secretary of State Distinguished Service Medal and Orders of Military Merit from Brazil, Colombia, Romania, and Italy. He was also appointed as an Officer in the French National Order of the Legion of Honor.

A native of Rockaway, NJ, Odierno graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and the Army War College. Odierno holds master’s degrees from North Carolina State University and the Naval War College and honorary doctorates from North Carolina State University and the Institute of World Politics.

Norwich University’s 2016 Commencement ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 14. Odierno will receive an honorary Doctor of Military Science before addressing over 450 students matriculating from 32 undergraduate programs and one master’s program. The ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Shapiro Field House. Tickets for reserved seating are available. Learn more here.

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