Commencement at SNC
MaryBeth Earle Davich Ascher ’71 asks: “How many students have graduated from St. Norbert College?”
Holly Nickerson ’15 asks: “I was wondering, how old is Norby the Knight? Also, when he reaches the end of his fourth year on campus, can he receive an honorary degree? I think it'd be a really cute idea if Norby could graduate, too!”
Samantha Schurhammer ’12 asks: “At this year’s Commencement, it was quite a sight to see all the faculty and even staff wearing a cap and gown along with me and my classmates. Has this always been the tradition at St. Norbert?
Bern Diederich ’65 asks: “What notable American read the oath of office to the graduating ROTC cadets from the class of 1965?”
Alissa Roff ’09 asks: “When was the first year in which St. Norbert College graduated more women than men?”
Andrew McIlree ’06 asks: “During my Commencement from St. Norbert, I recall the Norbertines wearing a special hat that I believe is called a biretta. Does it symbolize anything in particular?”
Paul Conners asks: "I read with interest a previously submitted question about the college's "Alma Mater" song. If I read your answer correctly, Heather Schmidt (Music) wrote the lyrics - but who wrote the music?"
Kristen Buettner '09 asks: "Dear Abbot Pennings, there was a son we sang at graduation... I believe it was called the "Alma Mater." Could you share with me the history behind it?"
Caitlin Zach '09 asks: "Dear Abbot Pennings, now that you have relocated to your place of honor inside the new library, I'm worried I won't be able to take a photo with you before I leave St. Norbert. It has been a tradition of so many graduates who have come before me - how can you keep it going?"
Sarah Schmidt '05 asks: "Before leaving SNC, many students have been known to climb up onto your lap in the middle of the night - braver students in broad daylight - and take a photograph with you as a St. Norbert keepsake. Do you mind when people sit on your lap and take pictures?"