Norwich University to Welcome Alumni Back to Campus and Launch the “Year of Distinction” at Homecoming


September 7, 2018

Norwich University will host several thousand alumni and their guests during annual Homecoming festivities Sept. 12 – 16 and kick off the “Year of Distinction,” the beginning of a year-long commemoration culminating in the 200th birthday celebration in September 2019.

Highlights of Homecoming 2018, open to the public:

Thursday, Sept. 13 

  • 4 – 6 p.m. Mack Hall Dedication and unveiling of “Winter Twilight, Norwich University” by Sabra Field.

Friday, Sept. 14

  • 1:15 – 2:45 p.m. Release of Norwich history book, “Citizens & Soldiers,” and reception with New York Times bestselling author Alex Kershaw, Mack Hall.
  • 3 – 3:45 p.m. Harmon Wall and Valor Plaque Ceremony, White Memorial Chapel.
  • 4:15 – 5 p.m. Corps of Cadets Review with Retreat (parade), Upper Parade Ground.
  • 5:45 – 8:30 p.m. Celebrate 200: Bicentennial Year Kick-Off, Shapiro Fieldhouse. Come experience the transformation of Shapiro Fieldhouse; sip on 14th Star Brewing’s latest Bicentennial Beer; and enjoy a world-class program including the premiere of the Year of Distinction video. $50.00/person includes a delicious three-course meal. To register:
  • Dusk (approximately 9 p.m.) Fireworks display. The public is invited to join the Norwich University community including many Norwich alumni at a fireworks display to be held at Homecoming. The display, put on by Northstar Fireworks, will originate from the softball field across the railroad tracks from Shapiro Fieldhouse and last approximately 10 minutes.
  • NU Sports: Women’s soccer begins at 3 p.m.; women’s volleyball begins at 5 p.m. and men’s soccer begins at 5:30 p.m. Check the schedule here.

Saturday, September 15 

  • 9:30-11 Alumni Parade with NU Corps of Cadets Review, Sabine Field. Watch it on live-stream here.
  • Beginning at 11 a.m. Three NU fall sports teams have games at home: men’s and women’s rugby, and football. Check the schedule here.
  • 1:40 p.m. Corps of Cadets Football March-On, Haynes Family Stadium at Sabine Field, to begin the football game against Castleton.

Also, new this year, Food Truck Alley will feature 10 food trucks throughout the day on the Crescent on Route 12/Main Street on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 14-15 from 11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. Open to the public.

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) 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here:    

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Daphne Larkin, M’17
Director of Media Relations & Community Affairs
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