SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES
A 17-year-old who will receive his high school and associate’s degrees at the same time, and a U.S. Marine Corps combat veteran will be among the 1,264 graduates at two separate Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University commencement ceremonies in Daytona Beach on May 4 and May 6.
Payton Mercer of Port Wentworth, Ga., earned his Private Pilot’s License and remained active in the Civil Air Patrol while completing both his high school and associate’s degrees through Embry-Riddle’s Worldwide Campus. Mercer was enrolled in the Worldwide Campus Dual-Enrollment program.
Rodrigo Bustamante emigrated from Peru with his parents at the age of 5, enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps at 17, served as an M1A1 tank operator in Afghanistan, and earned his Bachelor of Science in Spaceflight Operations degree at the university’s Daytona Beach Campus.
Mercer and Bustamante are only two of Embry-Riddle’s outstanding new graduates.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach Campus will graduate 869 Eagles, its largest class in campus history, at its annual Spring Commencement Ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday, May 6, at the Ocean Center.
Alumnus Dennis Jones (’80), a former National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) senior official, will serve as the commencement speaker at the event.
The university’s Worldwide Campus expects to graduate 395 Eagles at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, at the I.C.I. Center on the Daytona Beach Campus, 600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd.
Former insurance industry executive David B. O’Maley, a member of Embry-Riddle’s Board of Trustees and namesake of the David B. O’Maley College of Business, will serve as keynote speaker.