Michelangelo Croce was born in Fribourg, Switzerland of an Italian father and a Swiss mother. At the age of three and a half Michelangelo immigrated to the United States with his parents and his brother on a boat bearing his name and after a long and perilous journey across the Atlantic arrived in New York Harbor.
Michelangelo grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and obtained a Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, with a double major in Criminology and Spanish. Michelangelo spent his last semester as an undergraduate at the University of Valladolid in Spain participating in a Spanish immersion program for foreign students.
Upon graduation, Michelangelo was employed as a U.S. Customs Inspector at the land border of Port of Champlain, N.Y. Michelangelo also spent a year on a diplomatic posting at the Preclearance Inspection Station in the Montreal Airport in Montreal, Canada.