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More than 350 graduating from Embry-Riddle today
Keynote speaker will be National Transportation Safety Board Chairman

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University students line up before taking their seats during the university’s 2017 graduation ceremony, which took place inside the Prescott Valley Event Center.
Photo by Max Efrein.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University students line up before taking their seats during the university’s 2017 graduation ceremony, which took place inside the Prescott Valley Event Center.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott and Worldwide campuses will graduate more than 350 students at the university’s spring 2018 commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 5, at the Prescott Valley Event Center.

Featuring 325 students from the Prescott Campus and 37 from the Worldwide Campus, the graduating class includes 31 Prescott students receiving military commissions: 20 from Air Force

ROTC and 11 from Army ROTC.

The keynote speaker will be the Hon. Robert L. Sumwalt, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) chairman. Sumwalt was sworn in as the 14th chairman of the NTSB on Aug. 10, 2017, after being nominated by President Donald J. Trump and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Sumwalt began his tenure at the NTSB in August 2006 when President George W. Bush appointed him to the Board and designated him as vice chairman. In November 2011, President Barack Obama reappointed Sumwalt to an additional five-year term as board member. Additionally, Sumwalt earned a Master’s of Aeronautical Science (with Distinction) degree through the Embry-Riddle Worldwide Campus, with concentrations in aviation/aerospace systems and human factors aviation systems.

“As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Prescott, Arizona campus, it is fitting that we also graduate the largest and most accomplished class in our history from both the Prescott and Worldwide campuses,” said Chancellor Dr. Frank Ayers. “It is also so very special that NTSB Chair Robert Sumwalt, a Worldwide

Campus graduate, and great supporter of our Robertson Safety Center, will be here to inspire our graduating class.” 

For more information on the Prescott/Worldwide commencement, go to prescott.erau.edu/campus-life/graduation.

A live streaming broadcast of the ceremony will be available at erau.edu/graduation.

Information provided by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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