2017-05-18 / Front Page

Norwich University Graduates About 380

Photo by Larry Young, The Northfield News

Norwich graduated about 380 from 32 undergraduate programs and 1 masters program in Architecture at last Saturday’s ceremonies in the Shapiro Field House.Photo by Larry Young, The Northfield News Norwich graduated about 380 from 32 undergraduate programs and 1 masters program in Architecture at last Saturday’s ceremonies in the Shapiro Field House.Photo by Larry Young, The Northfield News

On dad’s shoulders, this young boy was able to get well above the crowd of several thousand who attended
graduation ceremonies for the Norwich University Class of 2017 as they entered the Shapiro Field
House for graduation ceremonies at Norwich University last Saturday.Photo by Larry Young, The Northfield News On dad’s shoulders, this young boy was able to get well above the crowd of several thousand who attended graduation ceremonies for the Norwich University Class of 2017 as they entered the Shapiro Field House for graduation ceremonies at Norwich University last Saturday.Norwich University celebrated graduation of approximately 380 students from 32 undergraduate programs and 1 master’s program at a ceremony held today, Saturday, May 13, in Shapiro Field House.

There were approximately 238 students in the Corps of Cadets and 142 civilian students that graduated. The top five graduating majors are: Criminal Justice; Management; Nursing; Mechanical Engineering; and Computer Security & Information Assurance.

At a 2 p.m. ceremony, General David G. Perkins, Commanding General of the U.S. Training and Doctrine Command, delivered the university’s 2017 Commencement address. During his remarks, Perkins advised the graduates to consider the person they are as they pursue their accomplishments, and emphasized the importance of the impact they have on those around them.

Perkins received an honorary Doctor of Military Science, which was bestowed upon him by former Army Chief of Staff General Gordon R. Sullivan ’59, who served as Norwich University’s chairman of the board of trustees from 2003-2016 and currently serves as Norwich’s Distinguished Leader in Residence to its centers of academic excellence.

Perkins commands the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command and is responsible for selecting and recruiting every U.S. Army Soldier, training and educating Army professionals, and designing the future U.S. Army.

Perkins participated in a panel discussion at Norwich University last year during the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) at Norwich University, held in April 2016 during the ROTC Centennial Symposium.

On Sunday, May 14, during a joint services commissioning ceremony, graduating future officers will heard remarks from one of their own.

Air Force Major General Thomas A. Bussiere ’85 returned to the Norwich campus to speak to ROTC commissioning officers during a formal ceremony to mark the occasion. Bussiere is one of 23 Norwich alumni currently serving the nation as a general officer, admiral, or in the federal government Senior Executive Service. 

As this year’s speaker, Bussiere addressed more than 100 students anticipated to commission into four branches of the military – Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines.

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