Dear University Community: There are really no words one can offer to convey the feelings we have for the senseless loss of precious lives in Orlando early Sunday morning. Those of us at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University realize how close Orlando is to Daytona Beach, but proximity is not the issue—it is how close in age, background, and experiences these victims are to our students and to young adults the world over. With sadness we imagine what was ahead of them in their futures.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, is a nonprofit, independent institution offering more than 80 baccalaureate, master’s and Ph.D. degree programs in its colleges of Arts & Sciences, Aviation, Business, Engineering and Security & Intelligence. Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., through the Worldwide Campus with more than 125 locations in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and through online programs. The university is a major research center, seeking solutions to real-world problems in partnership with the aerospace industry, other universities and government agencies. For more information, visit erau.edu, follow us on Twitter (@EmbryRiddle) and facebook.com/EmbryRiddleUniversity, and find expert videos at YouTube.com/EmbryRiddleUniv.