master's graduates at Residency Conference

Norwich University celebrates 497 graduates in online programs

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Gathering from across the country and around the globe under the theme of “Celebrating 200 Years of Distinction,” 497 students representing 13 online graduate programs and 6 bachelor’s degree completion programs will come together for a week of capstone and culminating academic work and conferences and commencement exercises at Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) annual weeklong Residency Conference June 17-21.

Comprised of working professionals from all walks of life, the 2019 graduating class will become part of a legacy of leadership, service and experiential learning that has lasted two hundred years. The Class of 2019 graduates include active duty and veteran military personnel, healthcare professionals, law enforcement officers and special agents, entrepreneurs and educators.

2019 Residency by the numbers:

  • 497 students will represent all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico and three international countries: Canada, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom.
  • Norwich University will host 638 students, faculty and guests during the week.
  • 53% of the graduating class has served or is currently serving in the military.
  • An additional 141 guests will gather on campus during Residency.
  • 46 faculty members will participate.
  • 11% of students have more than one degree from Norwich University.
  • 177 unique academic sessions, panels and discussions will convene during the week.

The first female U.S. Navy F14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot, Carey Lohrenz, will deliver the keynote presentation on Wednesday, June 19, at 7 p.m. in Plumley Armory as part of Norwich’s Todd Lecture Series, a program that brings distinguished speakers to campus to participate in academic discussions with the community. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please go to the Todd Lecture Series website.

Students participate in commencement exercises on Friday, June 21, at 10 a.m. in Shapiro Field House. This year’s commencement speaker is Brigadier General (Retired) Peter A. (Duke) DeLuca, lifelong U.S. Army servicemember and engineer and Eurasian Foreign Area Officer.

Highlight experiential learning during the week includes MBA students working with King Industries, a chemical manufacturer in Norwalk, Ct. The exercise will apply concepts derived from coursework to such areas as project and resource management; marketing; leadership; operations and finance as they help King Industries identify obstacles to operational growth.

The 2019 Residency Conference will also feature the 7th Annual Leadership Summit, which empowers multi-disciplinary groups of students to help nine different organizations address internal leadership challenges.

Norwich also hosts the 3rd Annual Cyber Security Summit, sponsored by the Institute for Public Procurement (NIGP), which brings together experts in the fields of business, information security and assurance and public administration to discuss the challenges relative to the rapid evolution of cyber security.

The fourth annual Hack-a-Thon provides individuals in cybersecurity programs with the opportunity to conduct vulnerability assessments and penetration tests on the information technology of a Vermont state agency. Students gain practical experience in assessing threats to cybersecurity while the participating state agency will learn more about vulnerabilities in its information technology systems and how to rectify those insufficiencies.

Additional exercises in forensics and cybersecurity will allow students in public administration, criminal justice, and information security and assurance to test their knowledge by solving a mock crime with both physical and digital evidence.

In disciplines such as international relations, history, military history, civil engineering, diplomacy and nursing, students will present research and capstone projects that culminate their academic experiences at Norwich. Students in diplomacy and international relations also participate in comprehensive case studies relevant to their fields.

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