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Homecoming 2021: Welcoming You Back to the Hill!

FAQs

Is Norwich planning to host an in-person Homecoming in 2021?
Yes! We look forward to welcoming alumni, families, and friends back to campus for the Inauguration of Dr. Mark Anarumo, Norwich University’s 24th President, on September 22, and Homecoming 2021 on September 23-26. See the complete five-day celebration schedule and register here.

What will Homecoming Weekend look like? 
Wednesday, September 22—Homecoming 2021 will begin with the Inauguration of Dr. Mark Anarumo as Norwich’s 24th President. Special events honoring this historic occasion are planned throughout the day. See Inauguration Day schedule; registration for Inauguration Day Events opens on Monday, July 12.

Thursday-Sunday, September 23-26—Among the many reasons to attend Homecoming is the chance to honor reunion class years ending in 0 and 5 plus class years ending in 1 and 6. We are planning double the fun to celebrate twice as many classes this year!

All the usual traditions and celebrations will include both cycles of classes:

  • 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.
  • Class reunion dinners are scheduled as follows:
    • Friday, September 24: Class dinners for 1970, 1995, 1980, 1986, 1990
    • Saturday, September 25: Class dinners for 1961, 1965, 1966, 1971, 1975, 1976, 1985, 1991, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2016, 2020, 2021

Will campus visitors be required to wear masks?
As of August 11th, all Norwich faculty, staff, and students are required to wear face coverings indoors, regardless of vaccination status. We will require all visitors to wear a mask when they enter any enclosed spaces on campus except when actively eating or drinking. At this time no masks are required outdoors.

Is there a type of mask that will be required, e.g. KN95 or similar?
No specific type of mask is required as long as it covers both a person’s nose and mouth. We ask that you bring your own face covering to campus. Extras will be available at the registration area in Plumley Armory.

Will proof of vaccination be required to access campus?
No. Proof of vaccine and/or a negative COVID-19 test are not required at this time.

Why is Norwich mandating masks for campus visitors?
This decision is due to the increased prevalence of the Delta COVID-19 variant--including among people who are vaccinated--in many parts of Vermont and the areas from which our alumni, families, and guests are traveling. While we are fortunate to have a very high vaccination rate on campus and in Vermont, we must be vigilant to ensure the health and safety of our students and campus community, including those who are vaccinated and may be asymptomatic or experiencing “breakthrough” cases.

Are there restrictions or guidelines on the number of people attending any of the Homecoming events?
Not at this time. Social distancing will be encouraged where possible.

Where can campus visitors park this year?
Campus access and parking for homecoming will vary by day:

  • Wednesday - Thursday: Parking will be available behind Shapiro Fieldhouse, with golf cart service for those with disabilities.
  • Friday - Saturday: General parking on campus. Old guard and Class of 1970 and 1971 parking available behind Shapiro Fieldhouse. Golf cart service is available for those with disabilities. Handicapped parking is available behind Plumley Armory and at Roberts Hall. Tailgate parking is available on a first-come basis at Kreitzberg Arena on Saturday only. 
  • Sunday: General parking on campus.

Will any of the homecoming programming be available virtually this year?
Yes! The inauguration ceremony and many of the traditional homecoming events will be available for you to enjoy without leaving the comfort of your living room! See the virtual event schedule.

What if I made my lodging reservations last year?
Contact the lodging establishment directly. Our list of area accommodations is available here

When can I register for homecoming?
Online registration for Homecoming 2021 will begin on Thursday, July 1.

How can I make my reunion gift?
Your class and the university will reach out about your reunion gift in the coming weeks. In the meantime, you can make a gift online at alumni.norwich.edu/give.

If your plans change and you are unable to attend, please email us at alumni@norwich.edu.
Unfortunately, Homecoming reservations canceled
after Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021 cannot be refunded.

Questions? Contact your NU staff liaison!

For Class of 1955, 1956, 1960, 1961, 1965, 
1966, 1970, 1971, 1995, 1996:   Heather Socha | 802.485.2303

For Class of 1975, 1976, 1985, 1986, 1980,
1990, 1991:                                       
Reed Curry | 802.485.2766

For Class of 1981, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2006,
2010, 2011, 2015, 2016:             
Billy Whaley | 802.485.2674

For Class of 1966:                          Laurie LaMothe | 802.485.2028

For Non-Reunion Classes:        Diane Scolaro | 802.485.2358