East Carolina University held a ceremony Friday to celebrate the "topping out" of the new dental school currently under construction.
Officials broke ground on the dental school in 2008, and the building is due to open next spring. Friday's topping out ceremony marks when the last beam is placed at the top of a building.
The state and ECU have continued to find money to fund the new dental school despite budget cuts from the state. This year, ECU is facing a $49 million budget cut.