Local students receive diploma from Norwich University


NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The following local students officially received a degree from Norwich University Saturday, May 2.

Ryan Acton Latta of Temecula received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

Christopher Ramon Dayos of Temecula graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in health science.

Daniel C. Najera of Wildomar received a bachelor’s degree in management.

Due to concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 ceremony was postponed. Norwich University President Emeritus Richard W. Schneider, one of the nation’s longest seated university leaders who retired May 31 after serving at the helm for 28 years, delivered a congratulatory message in a video sent to 472 graduates May 2.

Schneider said, “This will be the spring of unforgettable events in our country…You have seen the highs and lows.”

He acknowledged the spring semester was cut short by the pandemic and also recounted homecoming the year before, 2019’s bicentennial that brought over 6,000 alumni to campus to celebrate. Schneider concluded by assuring graduates that he will always be there for them. He ended by raising a glass in toast, saying “To the class of 2020, we wish you the very best on your commencement. Norwich Forever.”

Graduates include future military officers, law enforcement officers and many who will go on to graduate school, jobs in the federal government, athletic training, construction management and numerous sectors of public service. The class of 2020 is comprised of 173 civilian students and 299 students in the Corps of Cadets.

Norwich University’s 2020 commencement ceremony will celebrate the class of 2020 matriculating from 32 undergraduate programs and one on-campus master’s program. Students graduating from Norwich University’s online programs have also been invited to participate, as their in-person June residency was also canceled due to the pandemic and will now be conducted online. For more information, visit https://www.norwich.edu/commencement.

Submitted by Norwich University.