Norwich welcomes 600 online students and their families to campus for residency and graduation


June 20, 2016

Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) welcomed nearly 600 students representing nine online graduate and two online bachelor’s degree completion programs to campus for a week of culminating academic work and conferences during its annual Residency Conference June 20 – 24.

The students traveling to Norwich’s Northfield, Vt., campus represent all 50 states, as well as the nation’s capital, Puerto Rico, and seven international countries. Here, they will present papers and projects, engage in academic debate, participate in hands-on leadership activities, observe faculty presentations, and graduate.

This year’s Residency Conference theme is “Empowering Minds, Transforming Leaders,” and includes a keynote presentation by peacebuilder and humanitarian, President of the United States Institute of Peace Nancy Lindborg.

2016 Residency by the numbers:

  • 582 students will represent all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and seven international countries.
  • An additional 153 guests will gather on campus during residency week.
  • 62 faculty members will participate.
  • Nine master’s programs will be represented: diplomacy, history, military history, business administration, civil engineering, public administration, information security and assurance, leadership, and nursing.
  • Two bachelor’s degree programs will be represented: Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis, and Criminal Justice.
  • 100 students will join four professional honor societies.
  • 141 different academic sessions, panels and discussions will convene.
  • Four Norwich employees will graduate.

Highlights of the conference include: “Leaning into Leadership,” a daylong discussion of the toughest leadership challenges; “14th Star Brewing: A Case Study”; Honor Society Induction ceremonies; the 4th Annual Leadership Summit, in which groups of qualified students from across disciplines work with businesses on their organizational challenges; “How Small Wars Make Great Powers”; and many other offerings.

Throughout the week, students will be treated to three carillon concerts: Monday 4-5 p.m.; Thursday 5-6 p.m. and Friday 12-1 p.m.

Students participate in commencement exercises on Friday, June 24, at 10 a.m. in Shapiro Field House. This year’s commencement speaker is Retired Brigadier General Harold W. (Hal) Nelson, who served as the Army’s Chief of Military History at the United States Army Center of Military History from 1989 to 1994.

As Chief of Military History Nelson was responsible for ensuring the appropriate use of military history in the teaching of strategy, tactics, logistics, and administration. Under this mission, he was tasked with ensuring that military leaders at all levels were aware of the value of history in advancing military professionalism.

During his 32-year military career, Nelson served in Vietnam, Korea, Belgium, and Germany as well as at various posts in the United States. He earned military awards including the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. He was the founding president of the Army Historical Foundation and has served as a member of the Department of the Interior’s Commission for the National Military Park at Gettysburg for nearly twenty years.

Nelson taught strategy and history at the U.S. Army Staff College, and served as chairman of the Faculty Council. He also taught National Security Policy and history at the U.S, Army War College, where he held the Elihu Root Chair of National Strategy and the Harold K. Johnson Chair of Military History. He has also served on the Norwich University Board of Fellows, as well as led staff rides to Civil War, World War I, and World War II battlefields for friends of Norwich University.

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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