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HOMECOMING 2020 FAQS

Homecoming 2020: From the Hill to Your Home

FAQs

Is Norwich planning to host Homecoming 2020 celebration?
Yes, but in a virtual format. While we hoped to welcome alumni and friends to campus this fall, the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted our plans to do so. With the continued spread of COVID-19, Norwich is making every effort to ensure the health and safety of our students, alumni, faculty and staff by minimizing the likelihood or severity of an outbreak. No large public gatherings will be taking place in-person at the university this fall. This means that this year’s on-campus homecoming celebration will be postponed to 2021. This year we will pivot our in-person, on-campus events to a virtual experience!

What does a virtual homecoming look like? 
While we are sad that we will not be able to gather in person, we are excited to offer Homecoming 2020: From the Hill to your Home, a celebration featuring Norwich traditions and activities you can enjoy with classmates and friends around the world without leaving the comfort of your living room! A variety of livestreamed and virtual events and activities are being planned—everything from a welcome by Norwich President, Colonel Mark Anarumo, PhD, USAF (Ret), to programs honoring donors and volunteers, the Regimental Band’s Bicentennial Concert, virtual social events and specially curated programs just for Norwich alumni.

What about this year’s reunion classes?
Class years ending in 0 and 5 are reaching milestones this year can be assured that that we will make it worth the wait for an extra special celebration of their reunions at Homecoming 2021: September 23-26. All the usual traditions and celebrations will take place to include both the class years ending in 0 and 5, as well as the classes ending in 1 and 6. The Class of 1970 will enter into the Old Guard at Saturday morning’s Alumni Parade, as will the Class of 1971. Class dinners will take place on Friday and Saturday nights. In the meantime, this fall reunion classes can connect virtually for happy hour gatherings, walk the Hill together with a virtual tour, and ignite class rivalries with a trivia competition. A complete schedule will be announced soon. If you have ideas for how we can make this virtual experience the best possible, please send them to alumni@norwich.edu.

What will Homecoming 2021 look like?
Assuming COVID-19 will not be a factor, Norwich is planning a traditional homecoming weekend in 2021 (September 23-26) that honors class years ending in 0 and 5, as well as 1 and 6, welcomes the Class of 1970 and 1971 to the Old Guard, celebrates Norwich traditions, showcases our students, academic programs and athletic teams, and provides opportunities for alumni to reconnect with classmates and friends. 

  • The Harmon Memorial Wall ceremony will memorialize both 2020 and 2021 names inscribed on the wall
  • The Partridge Society luncheon will honor and recognize donors from class years ending in 0 and 5 as well as 1 and 6.
  • NUCC Review with Retreat parade will include the class agents for 1970 and 1971 on the review stand
  • The Alumni Parade will include the presentation of Old Guard medallions to both the Class of 1970 and 1971
  • Class checks reflecting each classes’ five-year contributions will be presented during the Alumni Parade
  • Reunion dinners for classes ending in 0 and 5, and 1 and 6 will take place on Friday and Saturday nights of Homecoming Weekend. Additional events will be planned both nights for classes who are not having a dinner or are in a non-reunion year.

Will Norwich ask me to make a contribution for my reunion this year when it’s been postponed until next year?
Yes. The bottom line is that Norwich depends on reunion fundraising each year, particularly to support financial aid. Over 98% of our students receive scholarship/financial aid—and much of that comes from alumni contributions. With COVID-19 affecting so many families, this year’s need will be greater than usual. Even though we cannot celebrate in person until next year, your support is critically important now. Our students need your support!

What other events will be changed to a virtual format this fall?
All events that traditionally bring large crowds to campus will move to a virtual format to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus and help ensure the health and safety of our students and campus community. This will include Convocation on September 1, the Class of 2020 Commencement ceremony on September 12, and Parent & Family Weekend on October 15-18. Visit Norwich's Message Center for event updates.

What if I already made lodging reservations for this fall?
Contact the lodging establishment directly.

For those who have reservations at Sugarbush Resort, note the following information:

  • Existing Reservations for 2020 will automatically be transferred to September 2021 at the rate confirmed for this year. You may cancel your reservation without penalty but rebooking will be subject to 2021 availability and rates.
  • Reservations for 2021 can be made now but note that availability is very limited. The room rate for Sugarbush Inn is $189.00 plus 10% Resort Fee and 9% Vermont State Tax (Rate includes full breakfast and is based on double occupancy). Reservations for Clay Brook Resort and Resort Condominiums are available at 15% off prevailing retail rates at the time of booking.
  • Note that Sugarbush is extending the group discount three days pre and post Homecoming 2021 if you would like to take advantage of fall foliage in Vermont.
  • For questions or to reserve/modify your lodging for 2021, please call Sugarbush Vacation Sales at 1-53-SUGAR.

     Questions? Contact your NU staff liaison!

For Class of 1955, 1960, 1965, 1970:    Heather Socha | 802.485.2303

     For Class of 1975, 1980, 1990:          Reed Curry | 802.485.2766

     For Class of 1985, 2005, 2015:          Leah Cifuentes | 802.485.2754

     For Class of 1995, 2000, 2010:          Ryan Smith | 802.485.2674

     For Non-Reunion Classes:                 Eddie Habeck | 802.485.2960