ECU commencement brings economic boost to East

ECU commencement brings economic boost to East (Image 1)

East Carolina University’s Spring Commencement is expected to bring an economic boost to restaurants, hotels and stores in the East.

Sup Dogs owner Bret Oliverio said it’s been busy especially with the warm weather.

“It’s pretty insane actually,” Oliverio said. “There’s a lot of pressure on our staff, myself, our servers, but we’re up for the challenge.

There are no specific numbers for the economic impact for spring commencement though ECU reported visitors from 2012-2013 spent almost $30 million in the surrounding counties.

Beth Nichols is graduating from ECU’s Brody School of Medicine.

She has 11 family members in Greenville for her graduation.

“We’re always going out to eat,” Nichols said. “I think [Greenville has] unique places.”

Clinton Crawford’s parents are also coming down on graduation weekend.

He’s looking forward to commencement.

“It’s kind of a culmination of not just educational experiences but social experiences that students have experienced throughout their college careers,” Crawford said.

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