1,500 Diplomas Exchange Hands at University Commencement Ceremonies

Embry-Riddle commencement week kicked off with a ceremony for 442 students graduating from the Worldwide Campus on Saturday, May 6, in Daytona Beach, Fla. 

“Good luck comes to those who are best prepared for it,” the Honorable Donald C. Winter (retired), 74th Secretary of the Navy, told graduates. “Good luck, and good jobs, come to those who ask good questions.”

See photos from the Worldwide Campus event.

Later in the day in Arizona, 327 Prescott Campus students and 28 from Worldwide gathered at the Prescott Valley Event Center to be recognized. The graduating class included 26 Prescott students receiving military commissions: 19 from Air Force ROTC and seven from Army ROTC.

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey was the commencement speaker.

See photos from the Prescott Campus event.

Commencement week was capped off on Monday, May 8, when 703 more graduating Eagles arrived in cap and gown to the Ocean Center, in Daytona Beach.

“Most of you embarking on your careers are going to shift the way the rest of us move around the planet,” commencement speaker Erik Lindbergh told graduates. “Failure is an option. Most of you will fail. But fail forward fast. How you move forward ... determines where you’ll go.”

Lindbergh is a pilot, artist, educator, and grandson of the famous aviator Charles Lindbergh.

See photos from the Daytona Beach Campus event.

Watch on-demand video from each of the ceremonies.



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