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12 December 2017   Jason Kadah

More Than 200 Graduates to Participate in Embry-Riddle Commencement Ceremony Dec. 16

PRESCOTT, Ariz. – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott and Worldwide Campuses will graduate more than 200 students at the University’s Fall 2017 Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 10 a.m. at the Prescott Valley Event Center.

Featuring 132 students from the Prescott Campus and 69 from the Worldwide Campus, the graduating class includes 19 Prescott students receiving military commissions: 13 from Air Force ROTC and six from Army ROTC. The class also includes Ph.D. candidate and Embry-Riddle assistant professor Timothy A. Sestak. This will be the first time a Ph.D. will be awarded at a Prescott commencement ceremony.

Keynote speakers will be Embry-Riddle President Dr. P. Barry Butler, and Katie Pribyl, Senior Vice President, Aviation Strategy and Programs for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). Pribyl is an Embry-Riddle Prescott alumna who earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Science in Fall 2000. She was also a member of the Golden Eagles Flight Team from 1997-2000, including the 1999 National Championship Team. Pribyl is an active pilot with more than 4,500 hours of accumulated flight time.

“This class is the brightest to have entered our university-- They have demonstrated excellence in the classroom, in a variety of amazing projects, competitions, internships, and consulting opportunities, and are wonderful human beings who care about each other and their university,” said Prescott Chancellor Dr. Frank Ayers.

For more information on the Prescott/Worldwide commencement, go to A live streaming broadcast of the ceremony will be available at

WHEN: 10 a.m., Saturday, December 16, 2017

WHERE: Prescott Valley Event Center, 3201 N. Main Street, Prescott Valley, Ariz.

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 80 baccalaureate, master’s and Ph.D. degree programs in its colleges of Arts & Sciences, Aviation, Business, Engineering and Security & Intelligence. Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., through the Worldwide Campus with more than 125 locations in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and through online programs. 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, follow us on Twitter (@EmbryRiddle) and, and find expert videos at