2020 Residency Conference: Going Virtual

by NU Online on 4/27/20 8:34 AM

On June 22-26, 2020, Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) is hosting its annual Residency Conference – virtually. Celebrating under this year’s theme, “Expect Challenge, Achieve Distinction," 408 students representing 13 online graduate programs will spend the week participating in capstone and culminating academic work and conferences before receiving their degrees at the end of the week. 232 online bachelor’s degree completion students are expected to earn their degree in 2020, although it is not mandatory for those students to partake in the 2020 virtual Residency Conference. Ordinarily hosted at the Norwich University campus in the Green Mountains of Northfield, Vermont, Norwich’s 2020 Residency Conference will be hosted completely online so that students, alumni, and friends and family of the graduates can participate in these momentous events while remaining safe.


Students from around the world will become a part of the 200-year Norwich legacy with the culmination of their programs at the virtual Residency experience. The Class of 2020 graduates include active duty and veteran military personnel, healthcare professionals, law enforcement officers and special agents, entrepreneurs, and educators.

2020 Residency by the numbers:

  • 408 graduate students will represent all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico and six international countries: Canada, Saudi Arabia, Greece, Norway, Peru, and Ukraine.
  • 51% of the graduating class has served or is currently serving in the military.
  • 20% of students have more than one degree from Norwich University.

Residency by the Numbers infographic

petesmith_tlsPete Smith, international speaker and coach in the fields of leadership, management, personal growth and development, will deliver this year’s keynote presentation on Wednesday, June 24, as part of Norwich’s Todd Lecture Series. Having been called “one of America’s leading personal and professional development coaches," the Norwich community is proud to welcome Mr. Smith to the virtual Residency Conference to share his wealth of knowledge in business motivation and self-improvement. The event is free and open to the public. For more information on the keynote speaker, please visit the Residency Website.

Norwich values our students and the efforts to earn their degrees. To recognize those accomplishments, students and their families can participate in a virtual degree conferral ceremony from noon - 1:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, June 25, 2020. Unlike Norwich’s traditional commencement ceremony, the degree conferral ceremony will honor the achievements of the Class of 2020 as a whole and will conclude with a student photo slideshow. Students may attend the 2021 Commencement Ceremony if they are interested in participating in a traditional Norwich graduation ceremony.

Dr-Mark-Anarumo-Headshot-Photo-in-uniform-SMAs part of his first Norwich Residency Conference, Norwich University President-Elect Col. Mark Anarumo, USAF, is this year’s degree conferral speaker, as well as being the Dean’s Welcome guest speaker – a traditional event held by Dean Bill Clements to gear students up for the Residency Conference. Before Norwich, Anarumo served as director and permanent professor for the Center for Character and Leadership Development at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Anarumo entered the Air Force in 1994 as the Distinguished Graduate of Air Force Reserve Officers' Training Corps at Rutgers University.  

Register for the degree conferral ceremony today.

To complete their academic experiences and put their skills learned to test, Norwich master’s students will also participate in virtual case studies and present research and capstone projects in their unique areas of research.

For more information and ongoing updates on the 2020 Residency Conference, please visit residency.norwich.edu.

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