ECU to celebrate graduation of 5,542 students on Friday

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – A sea of purple and gold will fill Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium Friday as East Carolina University holds its spring commencement ceremony.

The ceremony will start 9 a.m. at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, with 5,542 students graduating.

Roads affected by traffic and congestion are primarily near the stadium.

Charles Boulevard, 14th Street, Greenville Boulevard and 10th Street will all likely see delays.

“We’re not closing any roadways tomorrow,” said Lt. Chris Suttion, ECU police. “There will be decent congestion as early as 7:30 and then the later as it gets in the morning close to 9:00, close to the start time of the ceremony.”

The keynote speaker will be UNC system President Margaret Spellings.

“This is an exciting time in the lives of our students, their families and our university. Our graduates are prepared to capture the horizon. Their potential is unlimited to impact the world for good,” said ECU Chancellor Cecil Staton. “We look forward to celebrating their accomplishments and to the commencement of their post-ECU expeditions as Pirate graduates. I can’t wait to see what they will accomplish.”

ECU will confer degrees to 3,980 bachelor degree candidates and 1,295 graduate degree candidates.

Many of ECU’s colleges, schools and departments will hold You can find information on unit recognition ceremonies for many of ECU’s colleges, schools, and departments during commencement weekend by clicking here.

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