Brigadier General (Retired) Peter A. (Duke) DeLuca appears on WDEV’s Dave Gram Show during Norwich University’s 2018 William E. Colby Military Writers’ Symposium. (Photo by Mark Collier.)

Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies Welcomes Brigadier General (Retired) Duke DeLuca as 2019 Commencement Speaker

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) is honored to announce that Brigadier General (Retired) Peter A. (Duke) DeLuca, lifelong U.S. Army service-member and engineer and Eurasian Foreign Area Officer, will deliver the 2019 CGCS commencement address to approximately 500 students on Friday, June 21, at 10:30 a.m. in Shapiro Field House.

After earning degrees in economics and mechanical engineering in 1983, DeLuca was commissioned as a Distinguished Military Graduate from the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He also is a graduate of the Defense Language Institute and a 1993 graduate from the International Affairs master’s program at Columbia University.

Retired from Army service in 2014, DeLuca worked professionally in 33 U.S. states and 29 countries, some of which were formally declared U.S. combat zones. He served from platoon level through combatant command, and he commanded an engineer battalion and an engineer brigade in combat. In support of the military, he oversaw multi-billion-dollar annual construction projects in the U.S., in combat areas in Iraq and areas in Europe, Israel and Africa. He also taught over 270 courses to all ranks through colonel as commandant of the U.S. Army Engineer School.

Concluding his Army service, DeLuca was commanding general of the Mississippi Valley Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers leading a multi-billion-dollar annual water resource program from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. Since retiring from the Army, he has consulted internationally for large global companies, the DoD and small and medium-sized regional businesses. Currently, he serves on four non-profit boards of directors.

The June 21 commencement ceremony concludes a weeklong annual residency conference of approximately 500 students representing 12 online graduate programs and six bachelor’s degree completion programs at the Norwich University campus in Northfield, Vt. Norwich CGCS students will gather from across the country and around the globe for a week of capstone and culminating academic work and conferences.


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About CGCS

Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) builds upon the institution’s 200-year academic heritage with innovative online programs. CGCS offers master’s degrees in a variety of areas, bachelor’s degree completion programs, graduate certificates, and continuing-education opportunities. The programs are recognized throughout the industry for their rigor, small class size, high student satisfaction, and retention.


About Norwich University

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 will celebrate 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.

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