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Aviation Education Leader Dr. Peggy Baty Chabrian to Speak at Embry-Riddle Prescott Commencement

Prescott, AZ., November 7, 2012

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Dr. Peggy Baty Chabrian President of Women in Aviation, International (WAI)

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will hold a commencement ceremony for 106 students from the Prescott Campus and 27 from the Worldwide Campus at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Prescott Campus Activity Center.

The guest speaker will be Dr. Peggy Baty Chabrian, the president of Women in Aviation, International (WAI), which she founded while dean of academic support at the Prescott Campus. Seeing the need for an all-inclusive organization to encourage women to pursue careers in aviation, she held an inaugural conference in Prescott in 1990 and founded WAI in 1994. Since then, the organization's membership has grown to more than 8,000 women and men who receive education, networking, mentoring and scholarship benefits, and thousands attend the WAI conference each year. WAI will celebrate its 25th anniversary at the Prescott Campus during Octoberwest 2013.

In other Embry-Riddle experience, Chabrian held two positions at the Daytona Beach, Fla., campus, associate professor of Aeronautical Science and director of the Center of Excellence for Aviation/Space Education. She was also academic dean and associate vice president of Parks College and chair of the Aviation Management Department at Georgia State University. Chabrian was the second woman in the United States to attain the position of dean of an engineering school.

Over the course of more than 30 years, she has logged 2,500 hours as a commercial/instrument multi-engine pilot and flight instructor and recently added helicopter and seaplane ratings to her flight qualifications.

Among many honors, Chabrian has received the FAA Administrator’s Award for Excellence in Aviation
Education, the Frank Brewer Award for Aviation Education, the Civic Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and most recently was inducted into the WAI Pioneer Hall of Fame.

During the Prescott commencement ceremony she will receive the university’s Eagle of Aviation Award in recognition of her significant contributions to aviation.

The following commencement-related activities will be held on Embry-Riddle’s Prescott Campus at 3700 Willow Creek Road unless noted otherwise.

Thursday, Dec. 6

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 2012, to enjoy an evening of free bowling and snacks. For more information and to RSVP, contact (928) 777-4201 or pralumni@erau.edu.

Friday, Dec. 14

Army ROTC Commissioning
9 a.m., Davis Learning Center.

Air Force ROTC Commissioning
11 a.m., Davis Learning Center.

Graduation Photos and 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.

Honors Award Ceremony
3 p.m., Lower Hangar, Jack R. Hunt Student Union.
All graduates and their families are invited to attend. Reservations are required; RSVP with Sally Jackson
at (928) 777-3879 or sally.jackson@erau.edu. Honor cords, honorary organization memberships,
outstanding graduates and other accomplishments will be recognized.

Saturday, Dec. 15

Commencement
9 to 9:30 a.m., Eagle Gym, individual cap and gown photos.
9:30 a.m., Eagle Gym, lineup.
10 a.m. to noon, Activity Center, commencement ceremony. A reception will follow in the Eagle Gym.

For more information on Prescott commencement-related activities, visit http://prescott.erau.edu/graduation/

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 Prescott, Ariz., and Daytona
Beach, Fla., 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 www.embryriddle.edu, follow us on Twitter (@EmbryRiddle) and
www.facebook.com/EmbryRiddleUniversity
, and find expert videos at YouTube.com/EmbryRiddleUniv.

 

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Prescott Campus
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
3700 Willow Creek Road
Prescott, AZ 86301
Office: (928) 777-6731
max.j.sandoval@erau.edu

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world's largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, is a nonprofit, independent institution offering more than 70 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 facebook.com/EmbryRiddleUniversity, and find expert videos at YouTube.com/EmbryRiddleUniv.