Author Alex Kershaw to give Norwich University’s 2019 bicentennial commencement address

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Author Alex Kershaw to give Norwich University’s 2019 bicentennial commencement address

Sun, 01/13/2019 - 4:19am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University has announced that New York Times bestselling author and historian Alex Kershaw, who penned “Citizens & Soldiers: The First 200 Years of Norwich University,” will give the commencement address to the Class of 2019 in Norwich’s bicentennial year. A graduate of Oxford University, Kershaw is the author of 10 books, including the New York Times best-sellers “The Bedford Boys,” “The Longest Winter” and “Avenue of Spies,” and biographies of Jack London, Raoul Wallenberg and Robert Capa. It was recently announced that Kershaw’s book, “The Liberator,” will be made into a four-part animated WWII drama series for Netflix. An honorary colonel in the 116th Infantry Regiment of the 29th Division of the Virginia Army National Guard, Kershaw said he was drawn to the unique story of Norwich University shaped by its people and many ‘firsts.’

In honor of the university’s bicentennial in 2019, Norwich University recently released “Citizens & Soldiers: The First 200 Years of Norwich University.” The book chronicles the history and legacy of the nation’s oldest private military college and birthplace of ROTC and the alumni who have defined American and world history over the past 200 years. Drawing upon Norwich University’s extensive archives and museum collection, Kershaw spent two years researching and writing the book. Kershaw’s compelling narrative style is interwoven with photos, maps, illustrations, and timelines.

Norwich University’s 2019 Commencement ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 11. Kershaw will receive an honorary Doctor of Military History before addressing approximately 400 students graduating from 32 undergraduate programs and one master’s program. The ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Shapiro Field House. General seating for the public is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors to Shapiro Field House open at noon. To see the entire schedule for the weekend, please go here:

Alex Kershaw. Photo credit: Michael Carroll

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation's six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).

Norwich University celebrates its bicentennial in 2019. In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders, Norwich launched the Forging the Future campaign in 2014. The five-year campaign, which is timed to culminate in 2019, is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities and is designed to enhance the university’s strong position as it steps into its third century of service to the nation.