Frequently Asked Questions

Applying for Graduation

You need to apply for graduation through Campus Solutions in order to be reviewed for degree completion. Once all your degree requirements have been met and there are no financial obligations to the University, it will be mailed to the address that you provided on your graduation application.
Undergraduate students can apply for graduation when they are within 12 hours of degree completion. Masters students can apply for graduation when they are within 6 hours of degree completion. Doctoral students should only apply for graduation when they have completed their dissertation. The graduation applications will be cancelled if the student does not meet these eligibility requirements to apply for graduation.

If you are pursuing a certificate, please do not apply for graduation for the certificate when you have finished the requirements. Your center or advisor should submit the appropriate paperwork for processing.  Graduation applications for certificates will be cancelled.
You may wish to apply for both degrees, but it is not required for you to apply for the Associates degree (provided the Associates and Bachelor are for the same program). However, based on the degree conferral guidelines below, you may want to consider applying for the Associates degree if you do not want it posted at the same time and with the same date as the Bachelor’s degree.  
You are given a choice of six Worldwide terms, including the current month. Choose the most appropriate one for your situation. If you have already completed your degree requirements, please choose the first available Worldwide Expected Graduation Term. Your degree will be posted using the Degree Conferral guidelines.
Undergraduate students - $100
Masters students - $100
Doctoral students - $150

Additional Diploma - $60 per copy

Graduation applications submitted at the same time should be charged only one graduation application fee, but diploma fees will be added on every application that a duplicate diploma was requested.

These charges will be applied to your account and are non-refundable.  Fees are payable through Campus Solutions. Submission of multiple graduation applications may result in multiple charges.  
 
The graduation application fee covers the cost of processing, printing and mailing of one diploma. Additional diplomas may be requested at an additional cost of $60 per diploma. Regalia for students is NOT included in this fee.
Graduation applications are valid for one year from the date of application. Applications older than one year will be cancelled. You will need to reapply for graduation, paying the current graduation fee. Your original fee will not be refunded or applied to the new fee.
Upon initial review, your graduation application may be cancelled if you are not eligible to apply or have applied for graduation for a certificate. If your graduation application has expired, it will also be cancelled.

Degree Conferral

When you apply for graduation, your records are reviewed and your degree will be posted if complete. If you’re not degree complete at that time, your graduation application is placed in a review status.

At the end of each term, the Graduation Team begins a daily process of reviewing a report of posted grades and checking those students for completion. Your degree cannot be posted until all grades for the term have been posted by the instructors to the official transcript. Generally, degrees are posted within 2 business days of the final grade being posted, but processing time may vary depending on the size of the term and holidays.

Degrees and certificates are posted (or conferred) on either (1) the last day of the month that you apply for graduation or (2) on the last day of the month in which the term ended for the last course completing the degree requirements, whichever is later.  Degree conferrals will not be backdated, so you should apply for graduation in a timely manner.  If you do not apply for graduation for your Associates degree, it will be posted for the same date as your Bachelors in the same program.
No, an Associate’s degree will not be added for the same degree program after the degree is conferred. An Associate’s degree should be declared prior to you submitting your graduation application. 
No, minors will not be added after the degree is conferred. All minors should be declared prior to or when you submit your graduation application.
For Bachelor’s degrees only, graduation honors are awarded in accordance with the following criteria:

  • You must have completed at least 45 credit hours in residence at ERAU. 
  • Your cumulative grade point average (CGPA) for all Embry-Riddle courses determines the level of graduation honors based on the below chart:
    • Summa cum laude – 3.900 – 4.000 CGPA
    • Magna cum laude – 3.7000 – 3.899 CGPA
    • Cum Laude – 3.500 – 3.699 CGPA
  • The honors level will appear on your diploma and academic transcript with the degree information. 

For Master degrees only, students are recognized through the inclusion of the notation “With Distinction” in accordance with the following criteria

  • You must have completed your graduate studies with a CGPA of 4.000, based on grades received in all ERAU graduate coursework. 
  • “In Distinction” will appear your diploma and academic transcript with the degree information.

Diplomas/Certificates

  • Campus location – located under the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University name for all three campuses (Worldwide, Daytona or Prescott).
  • Your Name – You are able to enter the name you would like on your diploma, but it must be some version of your legal name.Proper documentation is required for name changes prior to diploma printing or a duplicate may need to be purchased once documentation has been provided.Titles and/or military ranks are included.
  • Degree Name – Only the main program name will appear on your diploma – no specializations or minors will appear.Separate certificates are not provided for specializations or minors.
  • Degree Honors – If you earn honors, they will be listed below the degree name.
  • Term Date – This is the same date shown in the Degrees Awarded section on your transcript.Please see the Degree Conferral section for how this date is determined.
Masters and Undergraduate diplomas are standard paper size – 8½” x 11”. PhD diplomas are 11” x 14”.
Diplomas are printed every week. As long as you do not have a balance or financial hold on your account, it will be mailed out the afternoon that diplomas are printed.
Duplicate diplomas can be ordered online by clicking here. There is a $60 fee for each duplicate diploma. Be sure to select the Worldwide Campus so the Graduation Team receives your order.  

This is not a substitute for the graduation application. If you have not completed the program you are requesting a duplicate diploma for, please click here to apply for graduation.

Commencement Ceremonies

All diplomas are mailed to students using the address you provided on your graduation application. Diplomas are not presented to students during a graduation ceremony.
When you apply for graduation, you should select your ceremony location. If that option is not available or if you need to change locations, please ask the Graduation Team for assistance.  
Unfortunately, Worldwide students are not able to participate in the Daytona Beach residential campus ceremonies (Spring or Fall). Worldwide offers its own Daytona Beach area ceremony in Spring along with graduation ceremonies held around the globe to accommodate as many students as possible. 

Doctoral and Masters students should be degree complete in order to participate in a ceremony. Undergraduate students may participate in a ceremony if they are within 12 hours of degree completion. 

Since honors are posted at the time of degree conferral, if you opt to participate in a ceremony prior to degree completion, you will not participate with honors and will not be mailed honor cords/distinction medallion once you are degree complete. These items may be purchased after degree conferral by contacting the Graduation Team.

If there is a question about ceremony eligibility, it is always best to apply for graduation for that ceremony within the graduation application deadline. If it is determined that you are ineligible for participation, your graduation application will be cancelled. Students can email the Graduation Team with questions regarding participation in a ceremony.

Click on the Upcoming Ceremonies link on this website. Both the Graduation Application Deadline and Regalia Reservation Deadline are listed with each ceremony.  This information is also on the Reserve Your Cap and Gown link on this website.
If a particular ceremony has disappeared from the drop down menu on the graduation application, this means that the application deadline has passed for this ceremony. You will need to contact the Graduation Team to inquire about participating in the ceremony. Once graduation application and/or regalia reservation deadlines have passed for a ceremony, participation is not guaranteed.
You will need to reserve your regalia by visiting the Herff Jones portal. Click on the Reserve Your Cap and Gown link on this page and follow the instructions provided.

Regalia is delivered directly to the ceremony location and cannot be provided to you prior to the ceremony. You will only receive regalia if you participate in a ceremony.

You will receive your regalia (cap, gown, tassel and hood when applicable), honor cords or distinction medallion (when awarded) and a padded diploma cover as Embry-Riddle’s gift to you for attending a ceremony. Diplomas are not presented at the ceremony. All diplomas are mailed to students after degree completion, which may be prior to or following a ceremony.

The Graduation Team now has the ability to help you purchase any portion of regalia (tassel, hood, honor cords, distinction medallions, cap or gown) if you are unable to participate in a ceremony. Regalia is sold only to students who are degree complete. Honor cords and distinction medallions will be sold only to students who earned those honors.

Please email the Graduation Team, including what items you wish to purchase and contact information where you can be reached.

Contact Us

If you still have questions, please feel free to contact us:
Email: wwgrad@erau.edu
Phone: 1-866-393-9046, option 2

Graduation Resources

Graduating Students: Visit the Campus Solutions Student Center to apply for graduation, view your graduation status, or pay your graduation application fee.

Other important graduation links:

Contact Office of the Registrar

Office of the Registrar - Worldwide
Embry-Riddle
Aeronautical University
600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd.
Daytona Beach, FL 32114 US

Phone: 866-393-9046 Option 2
Fax: 386-323-5078
Email: wwgrad@erau.edu