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Commencement set for May 13th

Joseph F. Perugino
4/26/2006 —
Commencement exercises for approximately 100 graduates will be held at Penn State Wilkes-Barre on Saturday, May 13, beginning at 10 a.m. in the Athletics & Recreation Building.

Featured speaker, Major General Joseph F. Perugino, will address the graduates and their families at commencement. The general, a native of Wilkes-Barre, attended E.L. Meyers High School and then earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Cumberland University. He served as president and chief executive officer at P.G. Energy Services, Inc. for many years until his retirement. Currently, he is a business consultant and regional director of The Quandel Group.

Perugino's military career with the Pennsylvania National Guard has spanned five decades. During this time, General Perugino was decorated with numerous military awards and ribbons. Among these are the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit; Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster; Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster; Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal with one silver star, and Pennsylvania's Distinguished Service Medal with four silver stars. Before retiring in 1998, he served as Deputy Commander, State Area Command. Prior to that appointment, he was Commanding General of the 28th Infantry Division (Mechanized).

The general is an emeritus member of Penn State Wilkes-Barre's Advisory Board and serves on numerous other boards including Penn Star Bank Business Development Board, Northeastern Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Wyoming Commemorative Association, the F.M. Kirby Center, and the Crime Clinic of Northeastern Pennsylvania. He is chairman of the Wilkes-Barre and Wyoming Veteran's Hospital Fund. General Perugino is a member of the Most Venerable Order of St. John; UNICO; Lodge 61 F&AM; the National Guard Association; Military Officers Association; and Association of the United States Army.

General Perugino has been named Distinguished Pennsylvanian by the William Penn Society of Philadelphia and received the Frank Gibben Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to the improvement of the quality of work life by the American Society of Training Development.

The general and his wife, Mary Ann, have one son. They reside in Kingston, Pennsylvania and Fort Myers, Florida.

Graduates are asked to be in the campus gymnasium no later than 8:30 a.m. on the 13th for final instructions regarding the procession and ceremony. Graduates who have not notified the Academic Affairs office of their intention to attend commencement are asked to contact the office at 570-675-9252 or dzg4@psu.edu.
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