East Carolina University Commencement

May 2017 Commencement Information

Welcome to the East Carolina University Commencement site. We hope this site provides Graduates with all the information you might need to apply for Commencement, RSVP for the Main Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 5th at 9:00a.m. in Dowdy Ficklen Stadium and obtain other information related to Commencement Weekend.  

There is also helpful information for Faculty and staff about RSVPing and where to be on the day of Commencement festivities. There is a specific section for Family and friends that we hope will answer your questions. In the event you still have questions or concerns, do not hesitate to call or email us. Our phone number is
252-737-1023. Any specific Commencement questions can also be emailed to 

Important Notes: On Friday, May 5th, Graduates should report to their School/College lineup area located in the concourse areas of the Stadium by 8:15a.m.  Gates to Dowdy Ficklen Stadium will open at 8:00am for family members and guests.

May 2017 School/College Recognition Ceremonies

After East Carolina University’s Commencement Ceremony at Minges Coliseum some schools/colleges will hold recognition ceremonies for their graduates on Friday, May 5th or Saturday, May 6th.  Check out the School/College Recognition page for updated information for the time and location of those ceremonies.  

December 2016 Commencement Guest Speaker

(Check Back Soon for the May 2017 Commencement Speaker) 

Rear Adm. Alvarado is a registered nurse and graduate of the Alexandria Hospital School of Nursing, Alexandria, Va., Columbia University School of Nursing, New York, N.Y., and holds a Master of Health Care Administration from the University of North Carolina, School of Public Health. She has worked in the clinical areas of orthopedics, neurosurgery and intensive care. Alvarado became certified in critical care nursing in 1983, and held civilian professional nurse positions at United Hospital, Portchester, N.Y., Alexandria Hospital and Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. She was the first nurse to command Naval Reserve (NR) Expeditionary Medical Facility (EMF) Dallas One, a commissioned unit whose mission is expeditionary medicine. She led the transformation of the unit and stood up the first Reserve EMF in 2011..