Commencement FAQ


We will be doing a Virtual Graduation on December 12, 2020 for each of the Spring/Summer and Fall 2020 graduates. These will be two separate virtual celebrations on that day. We also invite all 2020 graduates to walk in a commencement ceremony in May 2021 provided we are allowed large in-person events. Details would be forthcoming.

A virtual commencement is an online celebration with traditional ceremony elements such as messages from our Administration, speakers, degree conferral and announcement of graduate names.

A graduate slide will be created for each graduate with their full legal name, degree, and academic honors (if applicable).

Graduates will receive an email in their ERAU email account in early November with a link to a registration system where they can upload a photograph and provide additional name pronunciation information. The email will be coming from a vendor, MarchingOrder, so please be sure to check your junk mail.

Details regarding the graduate photo submission requirements will be outlined in the email. ERAU reserves the right to omit photos that are deemed inappropriate without notice.

  • Schedule a virtual commencement watch party with family and friends or share the virtual commencement website link asking them to join you online for the event.
  • Participate in time-honored commencement traditions such as standing upon hearing your name and degree conferral and singing of the Alma Mater.
  • Customize your virtual commencement graduate slide with a photo. An email will be sent to your ERAU email address with instructions on how to submit your photo.
  • Purchase regalia (optional) to wear during your virtual commencement celebration and for photo opportunities.
  • Share your photos and experiences on social media and tag #ERAU2020Grad
The virtual ceremony will be available on the Commencement website for you and your loved ones to watch at your convenience.  

Yes, all graduates need to apply for graduation. The application deadline for Fall graduates is October 1For questions regarding the Fall 2020 application for graduates email Prescott Graduation.

We encourage all Spring, Summer, and Fall 2020 graduates to engage and participate in their virtual ceremony on December 12, 2020. We will continue to monitor the CDC and government guidelines and will update the Commencement website as the decision regarding the Spring 2021 ceremony are finalized. If an in-person ceremony can safely be held in Spring 2021, graduates from the Class of 2020 will be invited to participate.

Yes. The graduation fee is not used to pay for ceremony expenses, rather it covers staffing, diploma costs, as well as processing and mailing fees. This fee is charged to all graduates, whether they choose to attend a ceremony or not, and so it remains in place for all graduates.

Cap & Gown

All students are encouraged to order a cap and gown. The ordering site for your Fall graduation items from Herff-Jones is now live. Please visit to order. HJ will also host a ‘virtual grad fair’ on October 1 from 10 AM EST – 10 PM EST that will allow students to order discounted grad packs on this day only!
All orders are shipped to the address provided and HJ is providing free shipping. Deadline for orders is November 1.

NOTE: You will be asked to submit a photo for the Virtual Graduation. If you want to wear your cap and gown for that photo, order ASAP and have it sent to your Prescott address. Those photo submissions will be due by November 15.

Masters Degree Graduates

Masters hoods are required for the hooding during the graduation ceremony, and your hood will be included as part of your regalia package. 

Awards & Honors

Honors GPA (No rounding; Embry-Riddle credits only)
Summa Cum Laude: 3.900 and above (Gold Honors Cord)
Magna Cum Laude: 3.700 to 3.899 (Red Honors Cord)
Cum Laude: 3.500 to 3.699 (White Honors Cord)
With Distinction: 4.000 (Master's only)

Recognition of academic excellence is awarded to those students completing a baccalaureate program with at least 45 Embry-Riddle credit hours. The award is based on the credits earned through the end of the last semester prior to graduation.

Graduation cumulative GPA is based on all Embry-Riddle courses. Prescott Campus students who have questions can stop in at the Records Office in Building 12. Worldwide students can contact the Worldwide office with questions. Students can also check their cumulative GPA on Campus Solutions under their Student Center. Honor cords are issued based on a student's most recent CGPA (that means "last completed semester") and must include 45 credit hours at Embry-Riddle. Actual honors earned are based on a student's final CGPA and are noted on their final transcripts.

These two awards represent the most prestigious awards given to graduates of the Prescott Campus. Both have a GPA requirement and qualifying students must apply for them. Applications are available through the Dean of Students Office. Qualifying students will be notified and invited to apply by email. Deadline applies. 

Chancellor's Award: The Chancellor’s Award honors an outstanding graduating senior scholar and leader who has an exceptional record of academic accomplishment and a high level of campus and community involvement while maintaining a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA. This is the highest award bestowed on one of our graduates.

Ed King Community Service Award: The Ed King Community Service Award honors a graduating senior who has made an outstanding contribution of time and talent to the local community and the University and has a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Information on this will be communicated to graduates when it is determined.

Diplomas & Transcripts

Diplomas will be mailed approximately 4 to 6 weeks after graduation to the address listed on your graduation application.

The transcript is the official record of degree completion. Official transcripts may be requested online. You may also request a Letter of Degree Completion on the Office of the Registrar Forms Page. We encourage you to order electronic transcripts at until further notice.

Financial Aid Exit Interview

Exit Loan Interview information is available through the Financial Aid Office. The interview dates vary depending on the semester. Check the "Important Dates" document for the current semester (only need to attend one session).

All students who have received federal financial aid need to attend a Financial Aid Exit Interview.

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Lori Kennedy
Campus Events Manager