Graduation Requirements

Undergraduate students are required to complete at least 25% of semester credit hours through ERAU instruction to achieve residency. Per state regulations, for undergrad degree completion, all Virginia Campus students are required to complete a minimum of 30% coursework at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in order to achieve residency.  Students pursuing any undergraduate degree must earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.00 for all courses completed at the undergraduate level at the University.  Certificate of completion seeking students must complete program requirements as specified.

Graduate students are required to complete all graduate course work with Embry-Riddle with a maximum of 12 credit hours of transfer work permitted for most programs.  Students pursuing any graduate degree must earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.00 for all courses completed at the graduate level at the University.

All students must complete the general graduation requirements as prescribed by the University, as well as all degree requirements specified in the degree program being pursued. Graduation requirements are not subject to petition or waiver.

Students must initiate an application for graduation online by accessing Campus Solutions, selecting "Academic Advising," and then “Apply for Graduation” from the column of choices.  A qualified student will not be graduated by ERAU until a graduation application has been received and processed by the University, and the graduation fee has been remitted.  Undergraduate students must be within 12 credit hours of program completion before submitting a graduation application; masters students must be within 6 credit hours of program completion before submitting a graduation application.  Graduation applications are canceled after one year if all program requirements are not met.  Graduation application fees are non-refundable. 

Graduation Honors

Undergraduate Students:

Graduation honors status recognizes degree-seeking students who have demonstrated excellent performance throughout their academic careers. Statuses are only awarded to students who complete bachelor’s degree programs.  In order to be eligible, the student must have completed at least 45 credit hours in residence at ERAU. The level of graduation honors will be based on the cumulative grade point average for all undergraduate courses taken at Embry-Riddle at the time the degree is conferred. The honors level will appear on the student’s diploma and academic transcript with the degree information. 

Graduation honors (baccalaureate only) will be awarded in accordance with the following criteria:

Honors Level CGPA
Summa cum laude 3.900-4.000
Magna cum laude 3.700-3.899
Cum laude 3.500-3.699

Graduate Students:

Graduate students are recognized through inclusion of the notation “With Distinction” on diplomas and transcripts. To be eligible, students must have completed their graduate studies with a CGPA of 4.00, based on grades received in all ERAU graduate coursework.


Diplomas are issued upon successful fulfillment of all academic and financial requirements. Diplomas will be mailed to the student at the address specified on the graduation application. Diplomas will not be forwarded if the address is incorrect but will be returned to the Office of the Registrar.

Diplomas are mailed to graduates weekly, and are not distributed at the graduation ceremony.  In addition to the paper diploma, Worldwide offers a digital diploma to students, generally within two weeks of degree conferral, and at no additional cost.

Reprint Diplomas: Both paper and digital diplomas reprint requests, for degrees conferred in prior years, will bear the signatures of the current University Administration, and may not match the signatures on the original diploma.

Graduation Ceremony

Any eligible student may participate in any of Worldwide’s global graduation ceremonies held annually in Daytona Beach and Pensacola, Florida; Germany; Japan; San Diego, California; Seattle, Washington; Dallas, Texas; and Norfolk, Virginia.

Eligible students may also choose to attend the formal graduation ceremony held at the residential campus in Prescott, AZ. Worldwide students are generally not permitted to participate in the Daytona Beach residential campus student ceremony, and are encouraged to participate in a Worldwide ceremony, in any location that is convenient for them.

Students must apply for graduation and place a regalia order prior to the deadlines listed on the Worldwide Graduation website. The cost of regalia for any Worldwide student who attends a graduation ceremony in any location, is paid by the student. Regalia is shipped to the address specified by the student. The cap and gown fee is in addition to the graduation fee. Students who wish to participate in the Prescott ceremony must notify the Worldwide Office of the Registrar of their intent via the graduation application. Students may be subject to additional graduation fees for participation in the Prescott ceremony.

Undergraduate Students:

Undergraduate students must be within 12 credit hours of degree completion to participate in a ceremony. Any applicable honors status will not be awarded or recognized in a program or ceremony unless the candidate is degree complete.  Students who participate in a graduation ceremony prior to degree completion are not permitted to wear honor cords, regardless of their in-progress GPA.  Honor cords are awarded to graduation ceremony participants at the time of the ceremony.

Graduate Students:

Graduate students must be degree complete to participate in a ceremony. Distinction medallions are awarded to graduation ceremony participants at the time of the ceremony.

Please consult the Upcoming Ceremonies webpage for all Worldwide graduation ceremony schedules.

Graduation ceremony application deadline dates, subject to change, are:

Ceremony Location Deadline
Spring Worldwide @ Daytona Beach March 15
Spring Prescott March 01
Winter Prescott November 01