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Aviation Director Addresses Embry-Riddle Graduates


Comments come as Houston bids for new campus


Houston Airport System
November 2, 2010




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Houston aviation director Mario C. Diaz addresses graduates of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Houston Airport System aviation director Mario C. Diaz brought with him two simple messages when he provided the commencement address for the Houston graduates of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU)
on October 9th.

Diaz informed the students that they should expect to see adversity at various points in their careers, and he advised them that they should embrace that adversity and view it as a challenge, capable of strengthening their resolve as they move forward in life.

“We all know that happiness is not found in the destination but rather the journey,” Diaz told the crowd. “Happiness is found at the boundaries of the capacities that we have and the challenges we take on.”

Diaz passed along this direction to about 40 students and their family members, as they gathered together for the graduation ceremony, held on the ERAU campus at the University of Houston – Clear Lake.

The graduates, now alumni of the oldest and most prestigious aeronautical university in the world, will now move into a variety of aviation-related positions, which may include everything from aeronautical engineering to airport management.

ERAU currently has more than 35,000 students enrolled in its classes, held at more than 130 campuses in the United States, Europe, Canada, and the Middle East, as well as through online learning.

The University has two primary campuses, one located in Florida and the other in Arizona, but has announced plans to build a third. Houston is one of only two cities listed as a possible site for the future expansion. The month of October has brought about numerous opportunities to strengthen the relationship between the City of Houston and members of the ERAU leadership team.

ERAU President Dr. John Johnson toured the city both on the ground and in the air during a site visit on October 12, and of course the commencement address also provided the Houston Airport System with a chance to further explain why landing an Embry-Riddle campus would have such an impact on the nation’s fourth largest city.

“Embry-Riddle has a rich history in all aspects of aviation,” Diaz remarked during his speech. “It has an enviable rostrum of graduates and it has maintained its commitment to making a difference in the world.”

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