When: May 11, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Where: Ocean Center, Daytona Beach, Florida
Nicole Stott is a NASA Astronaut, Aquanaut, aviator, artist, and proud Embry-Riddle graduate. She is the distinguished spring 2015 commencement speaker.
Nicole’s second spaceflight - STS-133 in 2011 - made history not only as the Space Shuttle Discovery’s final flight but also as a landmark event for Embry-Riddle. It was the first time two of the University’s graduates shared a space mission. Nicole and Embry-Riddle alumnus B. Alvin Drew were crewmembers for the 13-day mission to the ISS. In addition to Nicole and Al, four other Embry-Riddle alumni are current or retired astronauts.
The connection between Nicole and Embry-Riddle is strong. She is a frequent speaker at Embry-Riddle’s campuses. She actively engages with the university’s students and faculty to help develop applied research activities like participation in the Aquarius undersea, space analog missions with NASA; she is a member of the College of Engineering’s Industry Advisory Board and a member of the university’s Board of Trustees. In 2009, she received the Alumni Eagle of Excellence Award, and as the guest speaker at the May 2010 commencement ceremony at the Daytona Beach campus, she was presented with the University’s Distinguished Speaker Award.