A time of change for all

To the senior class: In a few days you will be receiving your diplomas and closing the chapter on your undergraduate careers. While this is undoubtedly a bittersweet milestone, you are not really leaving Norwich, as once you cross that stage you will have officially joined the proud ranks of Norwich alumni.

Remember seniors, the Norwich family is widespread, so wherever your next job or duty station takes you, be sure to contact the nearest NU alumni club. I promise you, no matter where you land, at home or abroad, there will be Norwich graduates standing by to welcome you into the alumni fold and help you on your journey. I encourage you to stay engaged and active as alumni. Remember, no one in the world knows you better than another Norwich graduate, so keep those memories and relationships you forged here alive.

To the junior class: It is never too soon to be planning ahead for your own commencement. Make sure you have all your requirements squared away well in advance so there are no surprises come spring semester. Make the most of your time left at Norwich by taking advantage of everything this school has to offer, whether it be learning a new skill, attending a guest lecture, volunteering for community service, or supporting your friends by cheering them on at their games and performances.

And juniors, you should already be looking beyond the world of Norwich to the next phase of your lives. The friendly staff in the career development center on the top floor of the Wise Campus Center is there to help you figure out your post-graduation plans. Visit them often, as they can assist you with networking, finding internships, sharpening your interview skills, and polishing your resume. And be sure to attend the career fairs offered in the fall and spring. The sooner you start, the greater your chance of landing something by the time commencement rolls around.

Sophomores: If you are on track with your academic credits you should be half way to your degree—congratulations! Enjoy the summer. Before you know it you will be back on the Hill as upperclassmen, assuming new leadership roles—in the Corps, on the athletic fields, and in your co-curricular activities. If you treat these responsibilities with the maturity and seriousness they deserve, they will serve you well down the road.

Freshmen: Congratulations on making it through your first year at Norwich—often described as “the greatest experience you’ll never want to repeat.” Even though you are no longer rooks, remember to continue to support your rook buddies throughout your undergraduate careers. You are all in this together.

And lastly, to our seniors who are commissioning: As you venture out in the world to serve our country, be sure to take your Norwich-learned values with you. They will stand you in good stead in any situation you might find yourself in. Good luck and God speed.

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