Norwich University Celebrates 2017 Commencement


May 13, 2017

Norwich University celebrated graduation of approximately 380 students from 32 undergraduate programs and 1 master’s program at a ceremony held today, Saturday, May 13, in Shapiro Field House.

There were approximately 238 students in the Corps of Cadets and 142 civilian students that graduated. The top five graduating majors are: Criminal Justice; Management; Nursing; Mechanical Engineering; and Computer Security & Information Assurance.

At a 2 p.m. ceremony, General David G. Perkins, Commanding General of the U.S. Training and Doctrine Command, delivered the university’s 2017 Commencement address. During his remarks, Perkins advised the graduates to consider the person they are as they pursue their accomplishments, and emphasized the importance of the impact they have on those around them.

Perkins received an honorary Doctor of Military Science, which was bestowed upon him by former Army Chief of Staff General Gordon R. Sullivan ’59, who served as Norwich University’s chairman of the board of trustees from 2003-2016 and currently serves as Norwich’s Distinguished Leader in Residence to its centers of academic excellence.

Perkins commands the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command and is responsible for selecting and recruiting every U.S. Army Soldier, training and educating Army professionals, and designing the future U.S. Army.

Perkins participated in a panel discussion at Norwich University last year during the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) at Norwich University, held in April 2016 during the ROTC Centennial Symposium.

Tomorrow, at 9 a.m. Sunday, May 14, during a joint services commissioning ceremony, graduating future officers will hear remarks from one of their own.

Air Force Major General Thomas A. Bussiere ’85 returns to the Norwich campus to speak to ROTC commissioning officers during a formal ceremony to mark the occasion. Bussiere is one of 23 Norwich alumni currently serving the nation as a general officer, admiral, or in the federal government Senior Executive Service.

As this year’s speaker, Bussiere will address more than 100 students anticipated to commission into four branches of the military – Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines.

See the full schedule of weekend activities here.

About Norwich University

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) 

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