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2021 Spring In-Person Graduation Stage-Walk Ceremonies and Virtual Commencement

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Daytona Beach Campus will host in-person graduation stage-walk events as well as virtual commencements to celebrate our spring 2021 graduates.

The virtual commencement ceremony viewing links will be presented online on Monday, May 10, 2021. All graduates will be individually recognized with a graduate slide during the virtual commencement ceremonies, names will be read and degrees will be conferred. Graduates will be invited to personalize their slide with a photo and submit name pronunciation.

Graduates will also celebrate their graduation with their classmates, professors and dean during the in-person stage-walk events May 6-8, 2021 prior to virtual commencement. Graduates choosing to participate in the stage-walk will be invited to individually walk across the stage in full regalia, hear their name read, and get professional photographs taken. In compliance with our campus safety protocols, no guests will be permitted. Livestream viewing links of the stage-walk events will be posted here for family and friends to enjoy!

We recognize that commencement is an important milestone for graduates and their families. We look forward to celebrating our students and their accomplishments, and we encourage inviting family and friends to watch and celebrate these wonderful occasions!

Virtual Commencement Ceremonies

Monday, May 10, 2021 

Undergraduate Ceremony

(Associate and Bachelor’s Degrees)
10 a.m. EST

Graduate Ceremony

(Ph.D. and Master’s Degrees)
3 p.m. EST
Dr. Ellen Stofan

Ellen Stofan, Ph.D.

Smithsonian Under Secretary for Science and Research

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Dr. Ahmed Abdelghany

Ahmed Abdelghany, Ph.D.

Professor of Business Operations Management

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Graduate Information

Yes, all graduates need to apply for graduation. The application deadline for Spring graduates is March 15, 2021. To initiate your application for graduation, log into your student services account on Campus Solutions, select the Academic Advising tile and then select “Apply for Graduation” from the left side of the screen.

Yes. The graduation fee is not used to pay for commencement ceremony expenses; rather, it covers staffing and diploma costs, as well as the cost of processing, printing and mailing the graduate’s diploma. This fee is charged to all graduates, whether they choose to attend a ceremony or not, and so it remains in place for all graduates.

Embry-Riddle is looking into options for a face-to-face make-up event, to include graduates as well as their families, pandemic conditions permitting. If feasible, a make-up event may take place in the fall. We will continue to monitor the local government and CDC guidelines to determine when it is safe to gather again in-person.

Virtual Commencement Ceremony

A virtual commencement is an online celebration with traditional ceremony elements such as messages from our Administration, speakers, degree conferral and announcement of graduate names. There is no in-person participation for graduates for the formal ceremony. All graduates will be individually recognized during the virtual ceremony on Monday, May 10, 2021 and will have the opportunity to personalize their graduate slide.

Example slide for Virtual Graduation 

A graduate slide will be created for each graduate with their full legal name, degree, and academic honors (if applicable).

Graduates will receive an email in their ERAU email account in late March with a link to a registration system where they can upload a photograph and provide additional name pronunciation information. The email will be coming from a vendor, MarchingOrder, so please be sure to check your junk mail.

Details regarding the graduate photo submission requirements will be outlined in the email. ERAU reserves the right to omit photos that are deemed inappropriate without notice.

Viewing links to the Virtual Commencement ceremonies will be posted here on Monday, May 10.

Ceremony times are as follows:

  • Undergraduate Commencement, 10 a.m. EST
  • Graduate Commencement, 3 p.m. EST
  • Schedule a virtual commencement watch party with family and friends or share the virtual commencement website link asking them to join you online for the event.
  • Participate in time-honored commencement traditions such as standing upon hearing your name and degree conferral and singing of the Alma Mater.
  • Customize your virtual commencement graduate slide with a photo. An email will be sent to your ERAU email address with instructions on how to submit your photo.
  • Purchase regalia (optional) to wear during your virtual commencement celebration and for photo opportunities.
  • Share your photos and experiences on social media and tag #ERAU2021Grad
The virtual ceremony link will be available here for you and your loved ones to watch at your convenience.

In-Person Stage-Walk Event

Stage-walk events for Daytona Beach Campus graduates will be planned as follows:

  • May 6 – College of Aviation
  • May 7 – College of Aviation / College of Engineering 
  • May 8 – College of Arts & Sciences / David B. O’Maley College of Business 

Graduates will receive additional information soon, including specific times and locations.

The Virtual Commencement Ceremony is the official graduation ceremony of the University with remarks from our Administration, guests speakers, and will officially confer graduates degrees. All graduates will be recognized and have their name read in the ceremony and graduates can personalize their slide with a photo.   

The stage-walk is a separate event open to all graduates who wish to participate and have a professional photo taken, and hear their name read safely in-person. Attendance is not mandatory and participation does not impact their graduation status with the university since it is a separate celebratory event. 

Advance sign up will be required. Participation is limited to 50 graduates per timeslot. In compliance with campus safety protocols, no guests will be permitted. However, these events will be LIVE-STREAMED via a link on this website so that your family and friends can tune in at your designated stage-walk time. Taped recordings of all stage-walk events per college will then be posted on May 10th to this website so you can share the video with friends and family beyond graduation day.

No. Attendance is not required but participation is encouraged as a final celebration of your achievements.  The Dean of your college as well as faculty will be on hand to celebrate with you.

We will reach out to all graduates directly via email, to let them know where to go, when, and what to expect before, during and after the celebratory stage-walk events. All graduates must pre-register in advance in order to attend. All Covid-19 safety protocols will be followed and face masks are required for the duration of the event. Continue to check back for additional details as the plans are finalized.

Stage-walk events are for the Spring 2021 graduates only. To limit group sizes in compliance of campus safety protocols, family members and guests will not be able to attend the stage-walk events. These events will be live-streamed via a link on this website so that your family and friends can tune in at yor designated stage-walk time. Taped recordings of all stage-walk events per college will then be posted on May 10 to this website so you can share the video with friends and family beyond graduation day.

Yes, graduates must wear regalia to participate in the stage-walk. Information regarding cap and gown orders are listed in the below section of the FAQs.

Ph.D. candidates – please contact April Atkinson for regalia information.

Cap, Gowns, Cords

To order individual items such as a cap, tassel or hood, please contact the University Bookstore. Anonline order form must be completed and emailed to Graduates will be notified via email that their order has been confirmed and to contact the bookstore at 386-226-6063 at their earliest convenience to provide payment.  

Ph.D. candidates that wish to participate in the stage-walk events, please contact April Atkinson.

Every undergraduate candidate eligible for graduation with honors will receive honor cords at the stage-walk event or by mail. To confirm your honors status, please contact the Office of the Registrar.

Please contact the student organization or department directly regarding cords and stoles.

Diplomas and Programs

Diplomas will be mailed approximately 4 to 6 weeks after graduation to the address listed on your graduation application.
Each graduate receives a diploma by mail. There is a $60 fee per additional diploma copy. You can request additional diplomas on the graduation application form. 

Digital programs will be posted to the Commencement website a few days prior to May 10. Programs will be downloadable for sharing purposes. Printed copies can be requested after the ceremony by contacting April Atkinson at

Contact Us

Academic Records and Graduation Status
Office of the Registrar

Ceremony Logistics

April Atkinson
Manager of Daytona Beach Campus Events

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