Frequently Asked Questions

Applying for Graduation

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 online worksheet for processing.  Graduation applications for certificates will be cancelled.

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.

Undergraduate students - $100
Masters students - $100
Doctoral students - $150

Additional Diploma - $50 per copy

These charges will be applied to the student’s 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 $50 per diploma. Regalia for students is NOT included in this fee.

You should choose the first available Worldwide Expected Graduation Term. Your degree will be posted when all requirements have been met, regardless of the term selected.

Degree Conferral

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 always conferred on the last day of the month for the credit that completes the degree requirements, regardless of the date the degree is posted.
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.

Undergraduate Students:  Graduation honors (bachelor’s degree only) will be awarded in accordance with the following criteria:

  • 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.
    • Summa cum laude                          3.900 – 4.000 CGPA
    • Magna cum laude                           3.700 – 3.899 CGPA
    • Cum Laude                                     3.500 – 3.699 CGPA
  • The honors level will appear on the student’s diploma and academic transcript with the degree information. 

Graduate Students:  Graduate students are recognized through the inclusion of the notation “With Distinction” in accordance with the following criteria:

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


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.
No, specializations and/or minors do not appear on the diploma. They are documented on your ERAU transcript.

Certificates for specializations and/or minors are not issued. They are documented on your ERAU transcript.

The size of the Masters and Undergraduate diplomas is standard paper size – 8½” x 11”. The size of the PhD diploma is 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 $50 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.

When you apply for graduation, you will provide the name to appear on your diploma.  Variations of your legal name are permitted (Robert John Smith may request Robert J. Smith on his diploma).  Proper documentation is required for a name change prior to diploma printing.  Titles and/or military ranks are not notated on your diploma.

Commencement Ceremonies

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.
Click on the Upcoming Ceremonies link on this website. Both the Graduation Application Deadline and Regalia Reservation Deadline are listed with each ceremony.  You can also see a chart of this information 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 at to inquire about participating in the ceremony.  Once graduation application and/or regalia reservation deadlines have passed for a ceremony, participation is not guaranteed.
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 at and include what items you wish to purchase along with contact information where you can be reached.  

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. 

Honors are posted at the time of degree conferral.  Students may be allowed to participate prior to degree completion.  Only students who have been awarded honors at the time of the ceremony will receive honor cords (Bachelors)/distinction medallion (Masters).  These items may be purchased after degree conferral by contacting the Graduation Team.

If there is a question about eligibility for a ceremony, 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 contact their advisor/center or the Graduation Team with questions regarding participation in a ceremony.

Contact Us

If you still have questions, please feel free to contact us:
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
Aeronautical University
600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd.
Daytona Beach, FL 32114 US

Phone: 866-393-9046 Option 2
Fax: 386-323-5078