Norwich’s online program graduates will hear from Gen. Alfred Gray, former Commandant of the Marine Corps


Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) is honored to announce that General Alfred M. Gray, USMC (Ret.) will deliver its 2015 commencement address at a ceremony for nearly 600 students representing nine online graduate programs and two bachelor’s degree completion programs on Friday, June 19, at 10 a.m. in Shapiro Field House.

Retired General Alfred Gray was the 29th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps from 1987 to 1991. As Commandant, General Gray assisted in the formulation of national and international policy and strategy. He also served as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as well as being military advisor to the President, the National Security Council and the Secretary of Defense.

In 1991, after 41 years of service, including combat tours in Korea and Vietnam, General Gray retired from the U.S. Marine Corps and joined Garver International Associates.

For 15 years, General Gray served on the Norwich University Board of Trustees and was instrumental in assisting Norwich in achieving the NSA designation for “Center of Academic Excellence” for Information Assurance education. He has been chairman of the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund and the Marine Youth Fitness Foundation. He has been Chancellor of the Marine Military Academy and a director of the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation. He is a member of the National Security Agency Advisory Board and is an advisor to the National Reconnaissance Office.

General Gray currently serves as a member of the board for the Norwich University Applied Research Institutes where he has been critical in supporting the creation of the DECIDE program which was awarded $9.9 million in cybersecurity contracts in 2013.

Currently General Gray is Senior Fellow, Board of Regents Chairman, and member of the Board of Directors at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.

General Gray holds a B.S. degree from the State University of New York. He is the recipient of two honorary Doctor of Law degrees, one from Lafayette College and the other from Monmouth College. He is also the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Military Science degree from Norwich University and a Doctor of Strategic Intelligence degree from the Defense Intelligence College.

The June 19 ceremony concludes a weeklong annual residency conference for which students travel to Norwich’s Northfield, Vt., campus from all 50 states, as well as the nation’s capital, Puerto Rico and six international countries. Here, they present papers and projects, engage in academic debate, participate in hands-on leadership activities, observe faculty presentations, and graduate.

According to university officials, former Commandant of the Marine Corps General Alfred Gray embodies this year’s residency conference theme of “Learning to Lead, Leading to Serve.”