Embry-Riddle Announces Commencement Speakers for Three Campuses

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The guest speakers are Robert Cabana, director of Kennedy Space Center; Story Musgrave, former astronaut; and U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Thomas Trask

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will hold commencement ceremonies in May for 1,487 students of its Worldwide, Prescott and Daytona Beach campuses.

Military commissioning ceremonies are also scheduled for graduating students at the Prescott and Daytona Beach campuses: 42 students from Air Force ROTC, 33 from Army ROTC and 14 from Naval ROTC.

WORLDWIDE CAMPUS

Veteran astronaut Story Musgrave will be the guest speaker at Embry-Riddle’s commencement ceremony for 480 Worldwide Campus students to be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, in the ICI Center on the Daytona Beach Campus, 600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach, Florida.

PRESCOTT CAMPUS

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Thomas Trask will be the guest speaker at Embry-Riddle’s commencement ceremony for 291 students to be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, on the Softball Field of the Prescott Campus, 3700 Willow Creek Road, Prescott, Ariz. The graduating class is composed of 258 Prescott Campus students and 33 Worldwide Campus students.

DAYTONA BEACH CAMPUS

Robert Cabana, director of Kennedy Space Center, will be the guest speaker at Embry-Riddle’s commencement ceremony for 716 of its Daytona Beach Campus students. It will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 7, at the Ocean Center, 101 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach, Fla.

All three guest speakers will receive Embry-Riddle’s Eagle of Aviation Award in recognition of their significant contributions to aviation.

WORLDWIDE COMMENCEMENT DETAILS

Guest Speaker Story Musgrave was a NASA astronaut for over 30 years, flying on six space missions. He performed the first shuttle spacewalk on Challenger’s first flight, was a pilot on an astronomy mission, conducted two classified Department of Defense missions, was the lead spacewalker on the Hubble Telescope repair mission and operated an electronic chip manufacturing satellite on Columbia. He was the communicator in mission control for 25 missions. For the duration of his astronaut career he was also a part-time trauma surgeon. Musgrave served in the U.S. Marines, initially as an aircraft electrician and engine mechanic and then as a pilot. Over the course of 58 years he has accumulated 18,000 hours in more than 160 aircraft. As a parachutist he has over 800 freefalls to his credit. Musgrave holds graduate degrees in chemistry, computers, literature, math, medicine and physiology and has been awarded 20 honorary doctorates. Today he is a producer/director of multimedia, a landscape architect, an innovator with Applied Minds Inc. and a professor of design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif. He presents on the topics of design-driven innovation, project management, operations, human performance, reliability, quality and safety.

Saturday, May 4

Worldwide Campus Commencement Ceremony
9 a.m., ICI Center, Daytona Beach Campus.
A reception for graduates and guests will follow at the Jim Henderson Administration & Welcome Center.

PRESCOTT COMMENCEMENT DETAILS
Guest Speaker U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Thomas Trask is the director for Force Structure, Requirements, Resources and Strategic Assessments, Headquarters U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. Among his duties, he is responsible for providing financial resources and services for the organization, equipping and training of special operations forces. Trask graduated from the Air Force ROTC program at Embry-Riddle’s Prescott Campus in 1984 with a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering. He is a command pilot with more than 3,000 flight hours, including 51 combat missions supporting operations in Panama, Iraq, Bosnia and Kosovo. Trask previously commanded the 20th Special Operations Squadron, 347th Rescue Operations Group, 58th Special Operations Wing, Squadron Officer College and 23rd Air Force. His staff assignments have included the Joint Staff, Headquarters U.S. Special Operations Command, U.S. Central Operations Command, Headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command and NATO AIRSOUTH. Among his many awards, Trask received the Air Force’s Mackay Trophy for heroism in the rescue of a downed U.S. Navy pilot in Iraq during Operation Desert Storm. Trask and his wife, Karin, are long-time supporters of Embry-Riddle Prescott students through the annual fund and have funded state-of-the-art equipment in the Tracy Doryland Wind Tunnel Lab.

The following commencement-related activities will be held on Embry-Riddle’s Prescott Campus at 3700 Willow Creek Road unless noted otherwise. For more information, visit http://prescott.erau.edu/graduation.

Thursday, April 25

Senior Night Out – Rock ‘N’ Roll Bowl
9:30 to 11:30 p.m., Antelope Lanes Bowling Center, 6301 E. Second St., Prescott Valley.
Embry-Riddle’s Alumni Association invites all alumni, including the Class of 2013, to enjoy an evening of free bowling and snacks. For more information and to RSVP, contact (928) 777-4201 or pralumni(at)erau(dot)edu.

Friday, May 3

Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony
9 a.m., Davis Learning Center.
Thirteen students will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the Army. Congressman Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), an Army veteran, will be the keynote speaker. Gosar is serving his second term in the U.S. House of Representatives for Arizona’s Fourth Congressional District, which encompasses the rural Western part of the state. He serves on two committees, Oversight & Government Reform and Natural Resources. The ceremony will be followed by a reception in the Hunt Student Union Hangar. Contact: (928) 777-3870.

Air Force ROTC Commissioning Ceremony
11 a.m., Davis Learning Center.
Twenty-one students will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the Air Force. The ceremony will be followed by refreshments at 12:15 p.m. in the Hunt Student Union. Contact: (928) 777-3868.

Graduation Photos & Rehearsal
Activity Center.
12:30 p.m., Individual cap and gown photos.
1:30 p.m., Class photo with caps and gowns.
2 p.m., rehearsal.

Cords & Awards Honors Recognition Ceremony
3 p.m., Activity Center.
All graduates and their families are invited to attend. Reservations are required; RSVP with Sally Jackson at (928) 777-3879 or sally.jackson(at)erau(dot)edu. Honor cords, honorary organization memberships, outstanding graduates and other accomplishments will be recognized.

Saturday, May 4

Prescott Campus Commencement
8:30 a.m., Activity Center, individual cap and gown photos.
9 a.m., Activity Center, lineup.
10 a.m. to noon, Softball Field, commencement ceremony.
A reception will follow in the Activity Center.

DAYTONA BEACH COMMENCEMENT DETAILS

Guest Speaker Robert Cabana is a veteran of four space flights and is currently the director of NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where he manages a team of 8,600 civil service and contractor employees. Previously Cabana was the director of NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi and deputy director of NASA's Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Texas. Selected as an astronaut candidate in 1985, he logged over 910 hours in space on four space shuttle missions: pilot of Discovery on STS-41 and STS-53; commander of Columbia on STS-65; and commander of Endeavour on STS-88, the first space station assembly mission. Cabana is also a former naval flight officer and naval aviator in the U.S. Marine Corps who logged over 7,000 flight hours in 45 kinds of aircraft. After retiring as a colonel from the Marine Corps he was appointed a member of NASA’s Senior Executive Service. As a member of the industry council that advises Embry-Riddle’s College of Aviation, Cabana recently helped develop a new Embry-Riddle degree program, the world’s first bachelor’s degree in Commercial Space Operations, which launches this fall.

The following commencement-related activities will be held on Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus at 600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd. unless noted otherwise. For more information, visit http://www.eraugraduation.com.

Sunday, May 5

Catholic Mass
7 p.m., Interfaith Chapel.

Monday, May 6

Master’s Hooding Ceremony
10 a.m., ICI Center.
Students should arrive no later than 9:30 a.m. for lineup. A reception will follow the ceremony.

Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony
3 p.m., ICI Center.
Twenty students will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the Army.
A reception will follow the ceremony. Contact: (386) 226-6473.

Air Force ROTC Commissioning Ceremony
7 p.m., ICI Center.
Twenty-one students will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the Air Force. The ceremony will be preceded by refreshments at 6 p.m. Contact: (386) 226-6880.

Tuesday, May 7

Daytona Beach Campus Commencement
10 a.m., Ocean Center, 101 N. Atlantic Ave. (State Road A1A), Daytona Beach.
Student lineup is at 8 a.m. and the ceremony will begin promptly at 10 a.m. For directions to the Ocean Center, visit http://www.oceancenter.com.

Naval ROTC Commissioning Ceremony
3:30 p.m., Jim Henderson Administration & Welcome Center.
Nine graduating midshipmen will be commissioned as ensigns in the Navy and five as second lieutenants in the Marine Corps. A reception will follow.

About Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, is a nonprofit, independent institution offering more than 40 baccalaureate, master’s and Ph.D. degree programs in its colleges of Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Business and Engineering. Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., and through the Worldwide Campus with more than 150 locations in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The university is a major research center, seeking solutions to real-world problems in partnership with the aerospace industry, other universities and government agencies. For more information, visit http://www.embryriddle.edu, follow us on Twitter (@EmbryRiddle) and http://www.facebook.com/EmbryRiddleUniversity, and find expert videos at YouTube.com/EmbryRiddleUniv.

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