Students from around the world gather for Embry-Riddle’s PACOM Graduation Luncheon in Okinawa, Japan

Students from around the world gather for Embry-Riddle’s PACOM Graduation Luncheon in Okinawa, Japan

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Okinawa, Japan — Graduates, government partners, and campus staff were among those attending the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide PACOM Graduation Luncheon at The Hilton Chatan Resort in Okinawa, Japan, Saturday, December 3, 2022. The venue is located in the colorful, vibrant area known as American Village not far from Kadena Air Base.

More than 95 students received degrees through Embry-Riddle Worldwide PACOM from July 2021 to December 2022, 17 of whom attended this celebration. Each graduate received a personalized Alumni packet as well as information on how to enroll in the Alumni Network. Associate’s and bachelor’s degrees were awarded in Aeronautics, Aviation Maintenance, Interdisciplinary Studies, Logistics & Supply Management, and Technical Management. Master’s degrees were awarded in Aeronautics, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and Leadership.

Dr. John Watret, Worldwide Chancellor, officially opened the ceremony and Hayley Yamanaka, PACOM Associate Executive Director, welcomed the students, families and guests as well as serving as the event facilitator. Nancy Tran-Horne, Executive Director for U.S. Military in PACOM/Europe, provided the blessings and led the singing of the alma mater. Special guests included Mr. Evan Carpenter, Director, Education Program Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) Okinawa and Amanda Roetto, Chief, Education and Training, Torii Station.

“We are pleased to be able to host in-person graduation events again in Asia,” said Tran-Horne. “Our resilient graduates now have relevant degrees and skills to take into the aviation/aerospace industry. Incredible opportunities await them. We thank all of our government and industry partners for their devotion to our alumni’s academic and professional success as well as the academic advisors who helped them along their academic journey.”

Worldwide Chancellor Dr. John Watret summarized the day’s events, stating: “Graduates traveled from all over Asia and even as far as California to participate in our graduation event. Our numerous commencement celebrations around the world provide faculty, staff, and families an opportunity to celebrate an elite milestone: the earning of an Embry-Riddle degree. Our graduates are poised to lead in aviation and aerospace, one of the world’s fastest growing sectors. Many already lead in the US military. We are here to support and bear witness to their successes and ensure that future generations possess the meaningful skills demanded by industry. This is what makes Embry-Riddle great.”

ERAU recently was awarded an Education Services Agreement in August to continue providing quality education programs and services in the PACOM Theatre. Since joining the voluntary education program in 2015 with three campus locations, ERAU now has nine campuses with a tenth one in Guam opening soon in January 2023.

About ERAU’s Overseas U.S. Military Operations

ERAU has had the privilege of serving overseas U.S. military students since the opening of our first European military location in 1973 with the Tri-Services Contract. Campus locations are scattered across Germany, Italy, Spain, Turkey, & the United Kingdom. Locations include Aviano AB, NATO AB Geilenkirchen, USAG Bavaria (Grafenwoehr/Vilesck/Hohenfels), USAG Ansbach (Katterbach/Illesheim), Incirlik AB, RAF Lakenheath, RAF Mildenhall, Ramstein AB, NAVSTA Rota, NAS Sigonella, Spangdahlem AB, and USAG Wiesbaden, while providing support for students located in the Kaiserslautern Military Community (KMC – Sembach Kaserne, USAG Baumholder, Kleber Kaserne, & USAG Rheinland-Pfalz Landstuhl), USAG Stuttgart, Vicenza (Caserma Ederle), Naples, RAF Croughton, RAF Molesworth, Moron AB, and Poland (Poznan/Powidz). The team will be celebrating 50 years in Europe next year.

European Military Campus Operations Website: Europe Military Campuses Website

ERAU began offering aviation undergraduate and graduate certificates and degree programs, EagleVision Classroom (EVC) courses, and on-site advising/support services, to members of the U.S. military stationed at overseas Pacific locations in US Forces Japan (USFJ) and US Forces Korea (USFK) in 2015 under a Department of Defense Education contract (recently replaced with an Education Services Agreement (ESA). ERAU PACOM’s flagship campus locations, Kadena AFB in Okinawa and Camp Humphreys in South Korea, opened their doors in August of 2015. Since then, ERAU PACOM has expanded to include nine campus locations throughout Japan and South Korea (Camp Humphreys, Kadena AFB, MCAS Futenma, MCAS Iwakuni, Misawa AFB, NAF Atsugi, Osan AFB, Yokosuka NB, and Yokota AFB) and continues to grow. We also support students located in Guam, Daegu/Kunsan, Camp Foster, Camp Schwab, Torii Station, Camp Fuji, and Camp Zama.

Website: PACOM Military Campuses Website


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