The rain held off Friday night for nearly 3,500 ECU students to receive their diplomas at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium during graduation ceremonies.
Commencement took place under the lights for the first time in recent school history.
Lieutenant General Gary l. North, Commander of the 9th Air Force and U.S. Air Force Central and an East Carolina alumnus, delivered the keynote address.
Some students received special awards and acknowledgments. One graduate says she's glad to finally be done, but the real challenge is trying to find a job. Emily Taylor says, "I'm working on a job. I have a couple of offers out there. I'm actually an education major. I taught first grade in my internship this past semester. And so, I'm hoping to get a job, maybe in Greenville, maybe somewhere in North Carolina."
Departmental graduation ceremonies will take place on Saturday.