Commencement Speaker

The Commencement Speaker addresses Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Prescott Campus' graduating class

Prescott Campus Commencement Speakers

Welcome to the Prescott Campus Commencement Speakers archive. Graduation is a monumental achievement in every student's path to their future. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has welcomed many renowned and successful guests to address graduates and provide some words of wisdom from their own life experiences. Past commencement speakers have included Embry-Riddle alumni, astronauts, entrepreneurs, politicians, military veterans, and more.

Here, you can review previous years' commencement speakers, read their commencement addresses to graduates, and find news on our next remarkable Commencement Speaker! 

Spring 2019 Commencement Speaker: Captain Nancy Martin-Belitz

Captain Nancy Martin-Belitz, Standard Check Airman, Flight Operations for Southwest Airlines will be Prescott campus' Commencement Speaker for Spring 2019 Graduation

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University alumnus and Chancellor’s Alumni Hall of Fame recipient, Captain Nancy Martin-Belitz will provide the Spring 2019 Graduation address at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona. 

Captain Martin-Belitz - Aeronautical Studies ’85 is a Standards Check Airman for Southwest Airlines. Martin-Belitz starting flying at the age of 16. While finishing her bachelor’s degree, she flight instructed, then flew air ambulance, government charters, cargo freight, corporate and at a regional airline to log the hours to wear a Southwest uniform. She has been flying for Southwest for over 30 years and as Captain for 26 years. She also represents Flight Operations on Southwest’s President’s Council and is a two-time recipient of Southwest’s President’s Award.

Captain Nancy helped start Southwest Airline’s Adopt-A-Pilot Program, where SWA Pilots mentor and teach Science and Math to approximately 1500 5th grade classrooms per year, using real world examples from flying. Pilots teach basic aviation and aerodynamics, they help bring their math and science to a correlation level and most importantly focus on core values and the value of education. Each pilot has the freedom to personalize the supplied curriculum, while encouraging them to follow their passions and achieve their individual goals. Nancy has been mentoring and teaching through the AAP Program for 21 years.

Nancy adores her husband Doc and 17 year old daughter Brooke.

Past Commencement Speakers

Russell “Chip” Childs is Chief Executive Officer and President of SkyWest, Inc., the holding company for SkyWest Airlines and ExpressJet Airlines.

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Honorable Robert L. Sumwalt, 14th Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board

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Katie Pribyl, Senior Vice President of Aviation Strategy and Programs - Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

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23rd Arizona Governor Douglas Anthony "Doug" Ducey

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Nicole Stott, Astronaut (Ret.), DB '87, ERAU Alum and Board of Trustee Member, Artist and Advocate for Science and Art Education

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Mr. Gabriel L. Navarrete, Chief Security Officer, Falcon Global Strategies

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Ambassador Barbara M. Barrett, Chairman of The Aerospace Corporation's Board of Trustees

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David B. O'Maley, Chairman Emeritus, Retired President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ohio National Life Insurance Company Ohio National Financial Services

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David L. Robertson, Owner of Robertson Racing and Board of Trustee Member

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Robert Wilson, President of Business & General Aviation for Honeywell Aerospace

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U.S. House of Representatives Congressman Paul A. Gosar

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Major General Thomas J. Trask, Director, Force Structure, Requirements, Resources and Strategic Assessments, U.S. Special Operations Command

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Dr. Peggy Chabrian, President and Founder of Women in Aviation, International.

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Benjamin Alvin Drew Jr. (Colonel, USAF, Ret.), NASA Astronaut

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