2021 Virtual Residency Conference

by NU Online on 4/22/21 8:00 AM

For the second year in a row, Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) is hosting its annual Residency Conference virtually. On June 21-25, 2021, 362 graduate students representing 13 online master’s degree programs will gather under this year’s theme, “Norwich Together, Norwich Forever,” to participate in capstone and culminating academic work and conferences. At the end of the week, the graduate students will earn their master’s degree at the virtual Commencement ceremony. Additionally, 209 online bachelor’s degree students are expected to receive their degree in 2021, although it is not mandatory for those students to participate in the 2021 Residency Conference. Students may not be able to visit the Norwich University campus in the Green Mountains of Northfield, Vermont this year, but the virtual Residency Conference provides an opportunity for students, alumni, and friends and family of the graduates to participate in these significant milestones from the safety of their homes.


Joining the 201-year Norwich legacy, the Class of 2021 graduates include active duty and Veteran military personnel, healthcare professionals, law enforcement officers, special agents, entrepreneurs, and educators.

2021 Residency by the numbers:

  • 362 graduate students representing all 50 states and Washington, D.C., and four international countries: Canada, Czech Republic, Peru, and Saudi Arabia.
  • 43% of the graduating class has served or is currently serving in the military.
  • 15% of students have more than one degree from Norwich University; 12 are legacy students with family members who are Norwich alumni.


Guy Raz portrait2021 Residency Conference Keynote Speaker

Guy Raz, acclaimed radio and podcast personality, will deliver this year’s Residency keynote presentation on Wednesday, June 23, at 7:00 p.m. ET, as part of the Norwich University Todd Lecture Series. Described by The New York Times as “one of the most popular podcasters in history,” Raz will share his in-depth knowledge on entrepreneurship that he gained from interviewing some of the world’s best innovators. For more information on the keynote speaker, please visit the Residency Event Website.


Dog River Run 5K

Based on a tradition that the Corps of Cadets rooks experience as they finish their first full week of military training before the start of fall classes, students, faculty, and staff of the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies will wake up at 5 a.m. to participate in the Dog River Run 5K during the on-campus Residency Conference. Although the conference is virtual this year, the Norwich community encourages people to run a 5K and post their times online to be entered to win various prizes. To take part in the Dog River Run 5K, please visit the Residency Event Website.



The 2021 Commencement Ceremony

Commencement serves as the greatest culminating experience for many students earning their degrees. Recognizing the effort and sacrifice students make to achieve this accomplishment, Norwich is hosting a virtual 2021 Commencement Ceremony on Friday, June 25, 2021, at noon ET. Norwich will honor each 2021 Norwich University online graduate, and family and friends are encouraged to attend this memorable event to help celebrate their achievement.costa portrait

This year’s Commencement speaker is Retired Army Col. Christopher Costa ‘84. Costa served as the National Security Council (NSC) Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Counterterrorism in 2017-2018. Costa has 34 years of progressive national security experience and success in strategy, policy, special operations, counterintelligence, and human intelligence. Costa has extensive experience with the U.S. Special Operations Command and the Department of the Navy as a civilian at the Naval Special Warfare Development Group which informed his role as a senior adjunct instructor with Norwich University's Bachelor of Science in Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis program.

Register for the 2021 Commencement Ceremony today.


Register Today

To register for any of the 2021 virtual Residency Conference events, please visit the event website and click the “Register Now” button. For the students' guests, your details include the “family member or friend” registration type category and “general admission” for registration item.

For more information and ongoing updates on the 2021 Residency Conference, please visit residency.norwich.edu.



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