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ERAU Students Celebrate Graduation

09 May 2010  

About 270 U.S. and international students celebrated a milestone of achievement at ERAU. Includes video and photo gallery.

eraugradIt was warm and windy for the approximately 270 students from around the world who graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) yesterday. Hundreds of family and friends also gathered to join the celebration.

American students hailed from as close as Prescott, Arizona, to as far away as Hawaii or New York. International students from Japan, Italy, Germany, Jamaica and Nigeria also received and diplomas.

ERAU's Executive Vice President Dr. Frank Ayers spoke of how valued these students are in the aeronautical industry, during his opening remarks and introduction of the keynote speaker, Frank Robinson.

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Frank Robinson, owner of Robinson Helicopters, was the featured Commencement speaker. He noted that while he worked early on for other helicopter companies, "I couldn't convince any of them to build the kind of helicopters I wanted to build..."

Robinson challenged the students, saying, "You've got to have a lot of determination, convinced that you can take the idea you have and go all the way with it."

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After Robinson's comments, following a long ERAU tradition, Zachary J. Grey, from the Class of 2010 spoke.

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A variety of other honors were awarded, including:

Ed King Community Service Award - given to a graduating senior who has made an outstanding contribution of time and talent to the local community and the university, with a minimum 3.0 Cumulative GPA (CGPA).

Presented to AFROTC 2nd LT Jaime M. Ellis, from Pullayup, Washington; who gave over 250 hours as a Big Sister mentor, volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, Girl Scouts, Read Across America, Salvation Army, YMCA Camp Sky Y Clean Up and the Sedona Marathon, just to name a few. Her CGPA was 3.71.

President's Award - honors an outstanding graduating senior scholar and leader who has demonstrates academic accomplishment and camputs and community involvement, while maintaining a minimum 3.5 CGPA.

Recipient: AFROTC 2nd LT Mr. Byron J. Quine from Richardson, Texas. Quine served as HonorCorps Commander, Golf Flight Training Commander and Wing Commander. He was also an Honor Corps/Strike Eagle Club member, served on the Rifle Drill Team (as Team Commander) and on the Color Guard. Cadet Quine was involved in community activities including local cleanup and environmental projects; volunteer trips to work with orphans from Mexico and China; projects to support the homeless. His CGPA was 3.861.

Dr. Richard Felton, Dean of the College of Engineering was named Professor Emeritus, and he received the Faculty Distinguished Service Award.

In addition to conferring diplomas and other honors during yesterday's ceremony, the US Air Force commissioned 30 new officers; the US Army commissioned 20 new officers and the Marine Corps commissioned one new officer.

And as for the cords many students were wearing, these represented the Honors Level they achieved:

Summa cum laude - Wearing gold cords - CGPA 3.9-4.0
Magna cum laude - Wearing red cords - CGPA 3.7-3.89
Cum laude - Wearing white cords - CGPA 3.5-3.69


Photo Gallery

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Editor's note: The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Media Services recorded the entire ceremony. You may request a DVD of this event, by sending your name, address and $10 to:

Media Services
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
3700 Willow Creek Road
Prescott, AZ 86301

Lynne LaMaster

Lynne LaMaster is the Founder of the eNewsAZ Network of websites. She will be leaving for new adventures on May 15, 2020.