Commencement 2019 Keynote Speaker
Thursday, May 23, 2019
The 2019 Commencement Ceremony Keynote Speaker is Brian Delate | actor, filmmaker & veteran - Class of 1973
Brian Delate (’73) overcame being told he “just wasn’t college material” to earning two college degrees and becoming a successful actor, director and playwright. After graduating from Pennsbury High School in 1967, Delate entered a three-year enlistment with the U.S. Army, part of which he spent in Vietnam as a decorated noncommissioned officer. Upon his honorable discharge, he enrolled in Bucks County Community College, where he became an above-average student after professors helped him address a long-time reading problem, and discovered his passion for acting.
“Bucks was the best thing that happened to me as far as making a transition from the war and into the world,” Delate said. “The teachers I had were terrific.”
After earning his associate degree in 1973, Delate transferred to Rider University, where he received a BFA with a theatre track in directing and acting. He spent a good part of his senior year at Princeton’s McCarter Theatre where he was selected to be a directing intern. He was also nominated for inclusion in the Who's Who of Colleges and Universities for 1975.
After college graduation, Delate moved to New York City, where he performed with the New York Shakespeare Festival in Central Park. Other plays and an abundance of daytime television and commercial work followed, in addition to movie roles, including working with Robert DeNiro and Ed Harris in “Jacknife,” and in “The Truman Show” and “The Shawshank Redemption.” Theatre, film and television opportunities all combined to help Delate thrive as an actor for more than three decades.
Under the aegis of Liberty Studios, Delate has been writing, directing and acting in his first indie feature, “Soldier's Heart,” which takes a promising look at the prolonged effects of PTSD caused by war, and the healing that's possible. Delate has also co-written the screenplays “Dante's Obsession” and “War Queen” with Eric Pederson. Delate lives in Los Angeles.