Commencement Weather Update


East Carolina University plans to hold its Spring 2015 commencement ceremony at 9:00 a.m. Friday, May 8 in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. The president of the University of North Carolina system, Dr. Thomas W. Ross, will deliver the commencement address.

Commencement will continue even if showers or moderate rain is experienced. In the event of severe weather, the university commencement may have to be cancelled. In this case, students will still have their individual college and departmental ceremonies.

University officials will continue to monitor the tropical disturbance that is currently off the coast of Florida. If a decision is made prior to 9:00 a.m. Friday regarding canceling the outdoor ceremony, a notification will be sent to campus and local media.

“If the outdoor ceremony is canceled due to severe weather, we don’t have an indoor facility that could hold all of our graduates along with their family members and guests. However, the individual unit ceremonies will be held,” said Dr. Chris Locklear, ECU Chief of Staff.

Almost 5,000 students are expected to receive degrees this weekend, including approximately 3,480 bachelor degree candidates and 1,360 graduate degree candidates, of which 80 will receive medical degrees from the Brody School of Medicine. The commencement will also include the 50 graduating members of the inaugural class of ECU’s School of Dental Medicine.

Even if the outdoor ceremony is affected by severe weather, the individual college, school and departmental recognition ceremonies – scheduled across campus inside buildings – will be held as planned. A complete listing can be found at

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