NORTHFIELD, Vt.—Steven Michael Weber of Fords received a degree in Communications from Norwich University at a May 10 commencement ceremony.
During the event, students and their families and friends had an opportunity to hear inspiring words from senior foreign affairs correspondent for ABC news Martha Raddatz, who received an honorary doctorate in Journalism from Norwich during the ceremony.
Raddatz encouraged the class of 2009, which consisted of cadets and civilian students, to continue working together in the future.
“Today I ask each of you traditional student and cadet alike to do your part to build bridges between the military and civilian communities,”
Raddatz said. “I hope that those of you who remain in civilian life maintain friendships that you have made here with cadets, wherever they may be deployed. But just as importantly, I hope that those of you who go off in careers in the military make as real effort to remain rooted in civilian society. Because we are one nation and we must remain united if we are to succeed in managing the challenges that await us.”
Norwich University is the oldest private military college in the United States and the birthplace of the nation’s Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC). The class of 2009 consisted of 212 members of the Corps of Cadets, and 155 civilian students. A total of 100 of the graduates have been or will soon be commissioned into the armed forces (Army, Navy/Marine Corps and Air Force).
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