Associate’s and Bachelor’s Degrees

10 a.m. on December 16 
Ocean Center Arena
101 N. Atlantic Ave 
Daytona Beach, FL 32118
View the Ocean Center Parking and Entrance Map

Former NTSB Chair Robert Sumwalt

Commencement Speaker

Robert L. Sumwalt served as Board Member of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) from 2006 to 2021.

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Cap, Gown and Memorabilia Information

Cap and Gowns orders can be placed at the University Bookstore. All orders must be place before Thanksgiving break to ensure they will arrive on time. For questions on the order process, contact the store at 386-226-6062.

Caps & gowns will be distributed as follows:

  • Fall 2021 Graduates - Lift Off event hosted by the Alumni Engagement
  • Class of 2020/Spring 2021 Graduates (COVID impacted)  – available pick up times are below:
    • November 29-December 14 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. the University Bookstore
    • December 15 from 1-5 p.m. at the Ocean Center Ballroom
    • December 16 from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at the Ocean Center Ballroom

Ceremony Information

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 by 8 a.m.

8 a.m.: Arrive and check in with college

8:45 a.m.: Receive walking number and survey

9 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

To accommodate families and friends of our graduates who are not able to attend the commencement ceremony, the event will be webcast live. A link will posted here closer to the event date.

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. The Ocean Center has accommodations for those guest needing Disability and Limited Mobility Accommodations.

A limited number of discounted parking passes will be available in advance for $5 from ERNIE Central (located in the Mori Hosseini Student Union). Purchases must be made using a credit card in ERNIE Central. Advanced passes are not required. Please note, the Ocean Center parking attendants will collect parking passes as you enter the garage or lot. There will be no refunds on unused parking passes.

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 your designated arrival time. You will be placed in a specific order for line up so prompt arrival is imperative.

Reserved Seating

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.

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

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

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.

Faculty Participation

Arrive at the Ocean Center by 8:30 a.m. Park in the Ocean Center’s parking garage or in the south lot off of Auditorium Boulevard. 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.

Regalia is required for all faculty members participating in the Commencement Ceremonies. To rent or order any products, please contact the University Bookstore.

Complimentary parking passes for faculty will be available from the Dean's office of your college.

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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