ECU 2010 Spring Commencement

East Carolina University will be holding its 101st Spring Commencement Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

Erskine Bowles, President of the University of North Carolina system, will be the featured speaker at Friday's graduation.

About 3,400 students are expected to graduate this semester. In addition to the university-wide ceremony, many colleges, schools and departments will hold recognition ceremonies this weekend.


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  • by Anonymous on May 10, 2010 at 04:16 AM
    Well if this had been a football game there would have been plenty of traffic control . As for guest speakers Mr. Bowles is certainly welcome here but wouldn't it be nice to reward the graduates for all of their academic hard work and give them hope for the future. ECU could get it right if it's academic acheivements which are certainly here were appreciated. Perhaps a task force could work on building up that long term goal instead of just sports. With a top allied health, medical and soon dental school, perhaps those deans could be entrusted with improving the academic standing and image of ECU once and for all!!!!
  • by Anonymous on May 9, 2010 at 04:46 AM
    What a shame, that some ADULTS still don't know how to follow directions, and just assume that if they don't send back in an RSVP, they will be included in the ceremony
  • by Alise Location: Greenville on May 7, 2010 at 08:42 PM
    What a shame that ECU planned so poorly that some graduates and the faculty had no seats and the parking and traffic control was horrible. Congratulations to all the graduates!
  • by Mildred Location: Chocowinity on May 7, 2010 at 03:15 PM
    Congrats to my daughter in law Jessica who was one of those who graduated today. We are all very proud of her
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on May 7, 2010 at 12:33 PM
    Also congratgulations to the ECU graduates and best of luck in the future. Come back and join the pirate club in the future.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on May 7, 2010 at 12:32 PM
    JD, dude you have it all wrong. Have you ever thought about the CLOSE proximity that Greenville has to the coast? From Greenville to Nags Head it's just 2 hours and it's only 1 1/2 hours to Atlantic Beach. The only ones that typically flee back to their stomping grounds are normally the beach kids(especially the ones from Hatteras), the kids from the mountains in Western North Carolina, and the out of state kids. Even that, some of those kids will stay around Greenville and either work, take classes, or just chill out and drink by the pool and play volleyball. I've noticed first hand while I was at ECU.
  • by gee Location: enc on May 7, 2010 at 11:41 AM
    If guest speakers are paid and/or if expenses are covered by the University, then let UNC invite whomever they wish. Erskine Bowles is already on the payroll and travel costs are minimal; good choice.
  • by doc Location: greenville on May 7, 2010 at 11:30 AM
    JDLadd - surveys for the past four years have indicated that less than 12 percent of East Carolina's non-commuter students (almost 23K)leave Pitt County upon completion of a school year. The only other school in the UNC system with a lower percentage is UNC Wilmington at 10%. Your definition of "majority" seems to be consistent with what an uninformed individual would use. "Fact" is always preferred over "opinion," especially when that opinion is biased and has an apparent agenda. I would venture to guess, however, that this 12% may go home to visit family...don't know why that would surprise you.
  • by JDLadd Location: my pad on May 7, 2010 at 11:07 AM
    If Greenville is such a great place, then why is it that when ECU is done for the summer, a majority of people flee and go back to where they came from?
  • by marine mom Location: washington on May 7, 2010 at 10:03 AM
    I am happy for all the grads.... but now i am also glad there wont be as many kids in greenville everyday for a while..
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