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Homecoming 2020: the celebration is moving from the Hill to your home!

Our lives have been impacted in many ways since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, including our ability to gather for in person events. 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. As a result, no large public gatherings will be taking place at the university this fall. This means that this year’s on-campus homecoming celebration will be postponed to 2021.

We know this is disappointing news, especially for our reunion classes. However in these challenging times, Norwich’s priority is to make the campus safe for students, alumni, faculty and staff, and restricting events and visitors will help to minimize the likelihood or severity of an outbreak of the virus. Classes ending in 0 and 5 that were planning reunion events this year can be assured that that we will make it worth the wait for an extra special celebration at Homecoming 2021: September 23-26.

While we are sad that we will not be able to gather in person until next fall, the Alumni & Development team is pivoting our on-campus events to a virtual experience. Homecoming 2020: From the Hill to your Home will include a variety of livestreamed and virtual events—everything from a welcome by President Mark Anarumo, to programs honoring donors and volunteers, the Regimental Band’s Bicentennial Concert, and social events you can enjoy with classmates and friends around the world without leaving the comfort of your living room! 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.

Watch for more information on Homecoming 2020: From the Hill to your Home in the weeks ahead and mark October 2-3 on your calendar for a fun and (hopefully) once-in-a-lifetime experience!

In this together, Norwich Forever!
Eddie Habeck '99 & M'10, Director of Alumni & Family Relations
Reed Curry, Director of Class Giving

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.

     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


Looking Back at 2019 – Our Bicentennial Celebration!
Celebrate 200

Scene in the Stands - Cadets vs. USCG Homecoming Football gameWatch video from Homecoming 2019, including:
 • The Medallion Dinner
 • Bicentennial Stairs Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
 • Bicentennial Stairs Dinner
 • Highlights of Harmon Ceremony and Rededication
 • Harmon Wall Ceremony
 • Harmon Wall Rededication
 • Corps Review with Retreat
 • Partridge Society Luncheon

Also, see Photos from Homecoming 2019!

Click here to see our recap of Homecoming 2019.