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HOMECOMING 2019 FAQS

2019 Schedule

When will Norwich’s bicentennial be celebrated?
The bicentennial will be celebrated both on and off-campus. The Bicentennial Year kicked off at Homecoming 2018 and will culminate at Homecoming 2019 with the Celebrate 200: All-Class Bicentennial Birthday Bash on Friday, September 19. A number of off-campus galas and other special events are planned from January 2019-January 2020. Click here for the schedule of celebrations.

Why are there changes to the traditional homecoming schedule?
Special events and bicentennial commemorations have been added to the 2019 Homecoming Weekend. This necessitates that we add a fourth day to the schedule and move some of the traditionally scheduled events to different days. 

Which events are being moved?
      Moved from Friday to Thursday, September 19, 2019:
               • Joe Sabol Golf Tournament
               • All Volunteer Boards Luncheon
               • Friends of the Kreitzberg Library Annual Meeting
               • Sullivan Museum Associates Annual Meeting     
      Moved from Thursday dinner to Friday luncheon, September 20, 2019:
               • Board of Fellows Medallion Luncheon
      Moved from Friday dinner to Saturday luncheon, September 21, 2019:
               • 1819 Circle and Old Guard Luncheon

What special events are being added to the schedule?  
       Thursday, September 19, 2019:
               • Bicentennial Stairs Ribbon Cutting
               • Bicentennial Stairs Honorees Dinner
      Friday, September 20, 2019:
               • Alumni Dog River Run
               • Dewey Hall Renovation Ribbon Cutting
               • Harmon Wall Dedication and Memorial Ceremony
               • Celebrate 200: All-Class Bicentennial Birthday Bash and fireworks  
      Saturday, September 21, 2019:
               • Cadets vs. Coast Guard Academy football game
               • 1819 Circle/Old Guard Luncheon

What is the “Celebrate 200: All Class Bicentennial Birthday Bash” on Friday night?
All alumni, both reunion and non-reunion classes, are invited to this special event on Friday. This is the culminating bicentennial event on campus. It will be similar to the launch of the bicentennial countdown in 2014 and take place in Shapiro Fieldhouse and depending on attendance, may expand to include Kreitzberg Arena. 

Will classes be grouped together for the 2019 events that are in multiple venues?
Yes. Though the program will be the same in all locations, classes will be gathered by decade.

Do these events replace class banquets?
No, traditional banquets for reunion classes will still take place on Saturday night. Friday night’s event is another opportunity to celebrate with your classmates and take part in the once-in-a-lifetime bicentennial festivities

Note that for classes that traditionally host a ‘welcome party’ at the start of the weekend, we are urging that those social events take place on the Thursday so that everyone is available to attend the Celebrate 200: All Class Bicentennial Birthday Bash on Friday.

Will the Celebrate 200: All-Class Bicentennial parties in 2018 and 2019 replace the Partridge Society luncheon?
Yes. Recognition of donors will be part of the special programming at this and other events throughout the weekend.

What about the Old Guard and 1819 Circle dinner which usually takes place on Friday night?
This event will be a Saturday luncheon.

What accommodations are being made for the significant increase in attendance?
                Parking: off-site parking will be created in lots in Northfield, Berlin and Montpelier. Shuttle buses will run to/from campus on Friday and Saturday.  
                Meals: In addition to the special lunches and dinners on the schedule, food trucks will provide diverse options throughout the weekend.
                Seating: portable bleachers and seating will be added for events including Friday’s Review with Retreat, and Saturday’s Alumni Parade and Football game.
                Bathrooms: Port-a-lets and mobile restrooms will be placed around campus.
                Golf carts: A fleet of golf carts will be available to shuttle visitors around campus as needed.

Lodging

Where can I find a room for Homecoming Weekend?
We are confident there is adequate lodging in the area to accommodate everyone who plans to attend Homecoming in 2019, but urge alumni to reserve early in order to be close to classmates and reunion banquet venues.
For 2019 reunion classes, click here to get started.
For non-reunion classes, click here for a list of properties to choose from.

What if I’m not in a reunion year?
If your class is interested in having a reunion in 2019, contact the Alumni Office for help planning and promoting your activities and potentially securing a block of rooms.

Registration

When will Homecoming registration open?
                 Online registration for social events and other activities will open on May 1, 2019.
                 Old Guard will continue to have the option of a paper registration

When do reunion classes need to choose their favors?

                 Classes need to decide their class favor no later than January 15, 2019. 
                 Suggestions and examples of previous items are available through Eddie Habeck.

Staff Contact Info

For Class of 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969:
          Corey Touchette via email or at 802.485.2115

For Class of 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999:
          Reed Curry via email or at 802.485.2766

For Class of 2004, 2009, 2014:
          Brian Baker via email or at 802.485.2754