Undergraduate Commencement

When

Monday, December 16, 2019
10 a.m.-Noon
Ocean Center
101 N. Atlantic Ave. 
Daytona Beach, FL 32118

Captain Pierre Thuot

Speaker

Capt. Pierre J. Thuot

Capt. Thuot is a Navy TOPGUN graduate, veteran of three space flights, and has logged 654 hours in space. He has over 3,500 flight hours in more than 50 different aircraft.

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Information for Students

This site will be updated as the event date approaches. Please be sure to check back often for additional information.

Applications to participate in the Fall 2019 Graduation has now closed.

For application questions, graduation requirements and to check your status please visit the Office of the Registrar website.

Academic regalia, or the dress uniform of one of the U.S. Armed Forces, is required.

Cap and Gowns – To order your cap and gown please contact the University Bookstore at 386-226-6062. Caps and gowns will be distributed at Lift Off and in the University Bookstore closer to graduation. 

Due to the formality of this occasion and safety concerns regarding walking on the steps and stage, we ask our graduates to please wear appropriate footwear. Flip flops, clogs, and loose fitting shoes are not recommended. In addition, it is requested that appropriate casual business attire be worn under the gown. Men, wear slacks and a dress shirt with tie while women should wear slacks with a blouse, or a dress. Guests are requested to follow the same attire as our graduates.

NOTE: Graduates should not bring any personal belongings that they cannot keep on their person during the Commencement ceremonies. No secure storage areas are available, and University staff will not take possession of, or responsibility for, personal belongings during the ceremonies.

Graduation Announcements  Customized announcements can be ordered that contain the ERAU crest, your name, degree and major.  All orders will be sent to your home address in approximately three weeks. Announcements and other memorabilia can be purchased online at www.herffjones.com/college/erau.

Diploma Frames are in stock and available for purchase in the University Bookstore at this time.

There are no tickets required for Commencement.

The Daytona Beach Ocean Center is conveniently located off Highway A1A in Daytona Beach, about 5 miles east of the Embry-Riddle campus. Students will enter the Ocean Center through the East Side (facing A1A) and report to the Atlantic Room.

8 a.m.: Arrive and check in with college
8:45 a.m.: Receive walking number and survey
9:00 a.m.: Fill out and turn in career survey
9:05 a.m.: Receive announcement card from line marshal
9:15 a.m.: Receive honors cords as appropriate
9:30 a.m.: Line up begins
9:40 a.m.: Walk to Arena
10 a.m.: Commencement ceremony begins

Parking is available at the Ocean Center Parking Garage (CASH ONLY) and may cost $5 to $10, depending on arrival and departure times.

A limited number of discounted parking passes will be on sale at ERNIE Central (located in the Student Union) starting November 1st for $3. Purchases must be made with a credit card in ERNIE Central. Guests can also pay for parking on the day of the ceremony (CASH ONLY).

Please note, parking is limited and has run out in the past. Please inform your family members that parking is first come, first served. Carpooling and early arrival is strongly recommended. Consider parking time and walk time to the Ocean Center to ensure you are arriving by 8 a.m. You will be placed in a specific order for line up so prompt arrival is imperative. NOTE: Parking Passes will NOT be accepted in third party business lots.

To accommodate families and friends of our graduates who are not able to attend the commencement ceremony, the event will be webcast live from our Streaming Eagles website. Past commencement events will also be viewable on demand. A link will posted closer to the event date.

Information for Families

This site will be updated as the event date approaches. Please be sure to check back often for additional information regarding reserved seating and webcast information. Details will be added as they are finalized.

The Daytona Beach Ocean Center is conveniently located off Highway A1A in Daytona Beach, about 5 miles east of the Embry-Riddle campus.

Students will enter the Ocean Center through the East Side (facing A1A) at 8 a.m. for check-in and line up in the Atlantic Room.

Family, friends, and guests will enter through the West Concourse (Earl Street, directly across from Daytona Lagoon and the parking garage). Doors will open at 8 a.m. No tickets are required for entry, and seating will be on a first come, first served basis. Saving seats, however, will not be permitted.

Ceremony will begin promptly at 10 a.m. with our processional. Anticipated length of ceremony is 2 hours.

Family and Friends can purchase reserved seating in Sections 102,103, 120 and 121. Guests must be able to navigate stairs in order to get to these seats. Therefore, anyone in need of accessible seating may have difficulty accessing them. NOTE: The reserved seating is not floor seating. The seats are located in risers on the first floor. Upon arrival to your section, kindly provide your ticket(s) to the Embry-Riddle staff member on duty.

The possession or use of alcohol, noise-making devices (air horns), firecrackers, balloons, flags, banners, or illegal substances is strictly prohibited. Cell phones and pagers must be turned to silent.

We ask that you kindly stay in your seat for the duration of the ceremony; be courteous to the graduates and their families and remain seated until the recessional.

Due to the stadium seating arrangement at the venue, strollers and baby carriages are not permitted in the event venue. You may check the stroller or baby carriage with an attendant at the North Corridor entrance.

To accommodate families and friends of our graduates who are unable to attend the commencement ceremony, the event will be webcast live from our Streaming Eagles website. Watch Commencement LIVE

A special reserved section will be made available to guests with disabilities on the floor seating level. Reserved seat tickets are not required but seating is limited to the person needing the accommodations plus 3 companions. Additional guests would need to find seating on the upper levels.  Guests needing accommodations are encouraged to arrive an hour early as the venue is large, and our guests will have to walk to the special reserved section. Due to safety regulations, only three people may accompany the guest with a disability in the accessible seating area.

A variety of services provided by the Ocean Center are available for guests with disabilities, including sound enhancement devices, designated parking places, and easy access to key areas of the complex.

A variety of services provided by the Ocean Center are available for guests with disabilities, including sound enhancement devices, designated parking places, and easy access to key areas of the complex.

Some of the Ocean Center’s accessible features include:

  • Accessible elevators on the south side of the lobby
  • An escalator is on the north-south concourse
  • The facility is accessible on the north and south sides of all lobby areas

Family and Friends Entrances are on the south concourse lobby area, and the north concourse lobby area as shown on the map.

Parking is available in the Ocean Center parking garage located just across the street (CASH ONLY). A limited number of discounted parking passes will be available for $3 from ERNIE Central (located in the Mori Hosseini Student Union) beginning November 1st. Purchases must be made using a credit card in ERNIE Central. Advanced passes are not required.

Guests can pay for parking on the day of the ceremony (CASH ONLY). Normal parking charges on the day of graduation will range between $5 and $10. Please note, the Ocean Center parking attendants will collect parking passes as you enter the garage. There will be no refunds on unused parking passes. NOTE: Parking passes will NOT be accepted in third party business lots.

Information for Faculty and Staff Volunteers

Arrive at the Ocean Center by 8:30 a.m. Faculty will gather in Room 102 ABC; signs will be posted. Continental breakfast, tables, chairs, and coat racks will be available in the room. Line-up will be at 9:30 a.m., allowing faculty to give a final congratulations to the graduating class. The ceremony will begin promptly at 10 a.m. with the students taking their seats.
For all faculty members participating in the Commencement/Hooding Ceremonies, regalia is required. If you do not have your own regalia, it is available for rent in the University Bookstore, operated by Neebo, at your expense. Pricing information is available by contacting the University Bookstore. Payment may be made at the time of pick up.
Park in the Ocean Center’s parking garage or in the south lot off of Auditorium Boulevard. Complimentary parking passes will be available from the Dean's office of your college. NOTE: Passes will NOT be accepted in third party business lots.

Embry-Riddle staff members are encouraged and invited to celebrate with our graduating class at Commencement. Our volunteers play critical roles in serving our graduates and their guests during these events. Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering and additional information will be provided.

Contact Us

Academic Records and Graduation Status
Office of the Registrar

Ceremony Logistics

April Atkinson
Manager of Daytona Beach Campus Events
Office of the President

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