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2019 Homecoming Schedule FAQS

When will Norwich’s bicentennial be celebrated?
The bicentennial will be celebrated both on and off-campus throughout 2019.

Galas and special events are planned across the nation in 2019. For a schedule of events, click here.

The on-campus celebration will be part of Homecoming Weekend 2019 (September 18-22). In addition to honoring class years ending in 4 and 9 and the traditional events that define homecoming, this year’s event is expected to be the largest in Norwich history, drawing a record number of alumni and friends to campus. Of the many special events planned for the weekend, the 200: Homecoming Bicentennial Gala on Friday, September 19 will be the official celebration. Click here for the Homecoming 2019 schedule.

What will be different about Homecoming 2019? 
The special events and bicentennial commemorations added to Homecoming Weekend necessitate that we add a fourth day to the schedule and move some of the traditionally scheduled events to different days. 

What special events are being added to the schedule?  
       Thursday, September 19, 2019:
               • Bicentennial Stairs Ribbon Cutting
               • Bicentennial Stairs Honorees Dinner
               • 200 Years – 200 Objects Exhibit, Sullivan Museum & History Center
      Friday, September 20, 2019:
               • Kid’s Zone and Childcare
               • Bicentennial Block Party with food trucks, beer tent and Vermont vendors

               • Alumni Dog River Run
               • NU Alumni Association Directors’ Reunion
               • Prof. Frank Vanecek’s Computer Class Reunion
               • Harmon Wall Re-Dedication
               • Celebrate 200: Homecoming Bicentennial Gala
               • Celebrate 200: All-Class Social with Buffet  
      Saturday, September 21, 2019:
               • Kid’s Zone and Childcare
               • Bicentennial Block Party with food trucks, beer tent and Vermont vendors

               • Cadets vs. Coast Guard Academy football game
               • Partridge Society and Old Guard Luncheon

Which events are being moved?
      Moved to Wednesday, September 18, 2019:
               • Board of Fellows Medallion Dinner
      Moved to Thursday, September 19, 2019:
               • Joe Sabol Golf Tournament
               • All Volunteer Boards Luncheon

What is the "Celebrate 200: Homecoming Bicentennial Gala" on Friday night?
All alumni, both reunion and non-reunion classes, are invited to this special event in Shapiro Fieldhouse. This is the more formal party with a delicious plated dinner, special program, parade of cakes and champagne toast. Attire: Business/Cocktail, Cost: $50 per person. 

What is the "Celebrate 200: All-Class Social with Buffet" on Friday night?
A more casual bicentennial celebration is taking place in Kreitzberg Arena. It includes buffet dinner, cash bar and birthday cake. The program in Shapiro Fieldhouse will be live streamed. Attire: Casual, Cost: $25 per person. 

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

Note that classes that traditionally host a ‘welcome party’ at the start of the weekend, are urged to hold those social events on Thursday night so that everyone is available to attend the Celebrate 200 events on Friday.

Will the Celebrate 200: Bicentennial parties 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 Partridge Society and Old Guard Dinner which usually takes place on Friday night?
This event will be a luncheon on Saturday.

What accommodations are being made for the significant increase in attendance?
                Parking: Click here for more information about parking and shuttle transportation.  
                Meals: In addition to the special lunches and dinners on the schedule, food trucks will provide diverse options on Friday and Saturday from 11:30 AM – 7:00 PM.
                Seating: Portable bleachers and seating will be added for various events, including Saturday’s Alumni Parade and Football game on Sabine Field.
                Bathrooms: Port-a-lets and mobile restrooms will be placed around campus in addition to the restrooms in buildings throughout campus.
                Golf carts: The fleet of passenger golf carts will be increased to shuttle visitors around campus as needed.


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 campus, 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. One option for Saturday night is a sunset dinner cruise on Lake Champlain. You can reserve a seat—or a block of seats—in the Norwich University section of the Ethan Allen Cruise when you register online for homecoming.


                Online registration for social events and other activities opened on May 1, 2019.
                Old Guard will continue to have the option of a paper registration. (Please contact Corey Touchette at (802) 485-2115 if you are in an Old Guard class, have not received the registration mailing, and would like one.) 

                Additional Event Registration: If you have already completed a Homecoming registration and registered for events, and decide you want to register for additional events, you will need to register again for Homecoming but this time only select the additional event(s) you want to add. You do not need to register for all events again.


     Questions? Contact your NU staff liaison!

     For Class of 1955, 1960, 1965, 1970:
          Corey Touchette via email or at 802.485.2115

     For Class of 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000:
          Reed Curry via email or at 802.485.2766

     For Class of 2005, 2010, 2015:
         Ryan Smith via email or at 802.485.2674

     For Non-Reunion Classes:
          Eddie Habeck via email or at 802.485.2960

Sponsors for Homecoming 2019:

Cabot Centennial - 100 years a century of commitment since 1919
First Command

Larry and Nanine Costa '80 - Commemorative Coin Sponsor