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


Sept. 19, 2017

Norwich University will host over a thousand alumni and guests during annual Homecoming festivities Sept. 21-24 and kick off the “Year of Legacy,” year four in the five-year, $100 million campaign called “Forging the Future.”

During the Saturday, Sept. 23 “Partridge Society Luncheon and Year of Legacy Launch,” alumni will hear from students and alumni who exemplify the Norwich legacy in various ways, and President Richard W. Schneider will announce campaign progress to date. The campaign will culminate for Norwich’s bicentennial in 2019.

Highlights of Homecoming 2017, open to the public:

Thursday, September 21

  • 4:30-6 “Polynesian Treasures of the Wilkes Expedition, 1838 to 1842,” a presentation by Smithsonian Institution Curator of Oceanic Ethnology Dr. Adrienne L. Kaeppler. Free and open to the public. Sullivan Museum and History Center, the state’s only Smithsonian Affiliate.

Friday, September 22 

  • 1:45 Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art kicks off its annual lecture series with Class of ’97 Mo Gagnon, principal of Gagnon Architects in NYC, along with presentations by summer research fellows. Informal reception to follow.
  • 2-2:45 Sullivan Museum and History Center Bicentennial Painting Unveiling, Todd Multipurpose Room, Kreitzberg Library. This rare, large-format (over six-foot) portrait of a cadet from 1826, painted by artist Julian Parisen, reflects the time period when the ALSM (Norwich) was in Middletown, Conn. The companion portrait, also over six feet, reflects a young lady with a basket of flowers from 1827, also by Parisen. These two portraits are rare examples of Parisen’s work.
  • 3-3:45 Harmon Wall and Valor Plaque Ceremony in White Memorial Chapel.
  • 4:15-5 Corps of Cadets Review with Retreat, Upper Parade Ground.
  • 7 p.m. Men’s Soccer vs. Emmanuel, Sabine Field.
  • 8-10 p.m. Screening of comedy film “Gentlemen’s Fury” with featured actor Jake Head ’97; Q&A to follow. Cabot 85. Free.

Saturday, September 23

  • 9:30-11 Alumni Parade with NU Corps of Cadets Review, Sabine Field. Watch it on live-stream here.
  • Beginning at 11 a.m. Five out of eight NU fall sports teams have games at home; 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 United States Coast Guard Academy. After a 12-year hiatus the Norwich University football team will once again renew its storied rivalry with the United States Coast Guard Academy.

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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