So...where do I go for the University Commencement Ceremony??


  • Please arrive 45 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony (about 9:15am)
  • Enter the Smith-Williams Practice Facility Entrance with your Cap and Gown
  • Find the name of the College (e.g. Business, Education, Nursing, etc.) and lineup
  • Ask a Staff Member for assistance once inside Smith-Williams


  • Only Graduating students are permitted to enter the Smith-Williams Practice Facility
  • No parents, families, friends, or guests are permitted in this entrance
  • There are entrances to the left and right of Smith-Williams for friends and families
  • Photos with your graduate may be taken outside of Smith-Williams, but not inside
  • Find a person with an "Ask A Pirate" sign for directions or questions
John Clark
Fall 2017 Commencement Speaker - John Clark

The Fall 2017 ECU Commencement Speaker is Mr. John Clark.  

Mr. Clark, a 1996 ECU graduate from the School of Communication, is the Senior Vice President of Sales and Operations for Fenway Sports Management.  

He started his career 21 years ago in Minor League Baseball (MiLB) with stops in Kinston, NC, Norwich, CT and the Lakewood BlueClaws, where he helped start the Philadelphia Phillies Single A affiliate in New Jersey.

After 10 years in MiLB, John joined the Houston Rockets of the NBA focusing on partnership sales.After managing the Miami Dolphins sponsorship group for a year, Clark became the VP of Team sales at Madison Square Garden where he managed the partnership sales revenue across the New York Rangers, Knicks, Liberty as well as MSG building sponsorships.

Mr. Clark joined Fenway Sports Management in 2013 where he leverages his experience driving high-impact sales opportunities for elite sporting brands to build the firm’s sales infrastructure and guide the sales team in delivering ROI-driven sponsorships that connect FSM’s clients directly with the audiences they wish to reach.  He sells integrated sponsorship and marketing partnerships across Fenway Sports Group’s prestigious portfolio of properties, and also oversees the sponsorship and marketing sales efforts for FSM’s exclusive property representation clients.

Student RSVP for Fall 2017 Commencement

ECU Graduates! Secure your seat for the Fall 2017 University Commencement Ceremony

This is the student RSVP for the University Ceremony only. This is NOT an RSVP for any college or departmental ceremony.


2017 Faculty Commencement RSVP

ECU Faculty! Secure your seat for the Fall 2017 University Commencement Ceremony

This is the Faculty RSVP for the University Ceremony only. This is NOT an RSVP for any college or departmental ceremony. After registering to attend, a confirmation email will be sent separately along with a parking pass for the event.

December 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, December 15th or Saturday, December 16th.  Check out the School/College Recognition page for updated information for the time and location of those ceremonies.  

December 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, December 15th at 10:00a.m. in Minges Coliseum 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, December 15th, Graduates should report to their School/College lineup area located in the concourse areas of the Minges by 9:15a.m.  Doors to Minges Coliseum will open at 9:00am for family members and guests.