Turning the Tassel: ECU Graduation Day, Greenville Traffic

East Carolina University seniors are taking their final steps on campus as students this morning: walking across the stage to graduate. With all the excitement of graduation also comes traffic.

Lieutenant Chris Sutton with ECU Police said you can expect high-traffic around 11:30 a.m. as the ceremony wraps up.

The commencement ceremony began with a processional at 9 a.m. inside Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium while other colleges and departments will host more individualized ceremonies throughout the weekend.

To find maps to guide you around Greenville and the university, click here.

The university's commencement web page offered a few helpful hints to guests of the graduates when it comes to seating and parking:

- Guests should enter through Gates 6 - 9

- Handicapped seating is available

- General parking for graduation is available in the lots around Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium

- Remember that any personal items you intend to bring into the stadium could be subjected to a safety inspection


With friends and family in Greenville for East Carolina University graduation and Mother's Day, Greenville restaurants and businesses are anticipating a big weekend.

Hotels such as the Hampton Inn and the Hilton say they've been booked for ten months. Managers say that anything that involves ECU, like football games and graduation, translates to a lot of business for the area.

Andrew Schmidt with the Greenville-Pitt County Convention and Visitors Bureau says there are very few rooms available in Greenville and that most hotels are booked up, but encourage people to contact them so they assist in finding a place to stay.

East Carolina University's outgoing provost, Dr. Marilyn Sheerer, will deliver the spring 2014 commencement address Friday, May 9.

The commencement ceremony will begin with a processional at 9 a.m. in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

Many colleges, schools and departments will hold unit recognition ceremonies during commencement weekend.