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Bowles to Address ECU Commencement Dec. 16

By Erica Plouffe Lazure

Erskine Bowles, president of the University of North Carolina system, will be the featured speaker at East Carolina University’s fall commencement on Dec. 16.

The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in Minges Coliseum. A musical performance will begin at 9:30 a.m.


ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard said he is excited to welcome Bowles to the campus.

“Our graduates are tomorrow’s leaders, and I know each of them will make a difference in the lives of their loved ones and their communities,” Ballard said.

“President Bowles has a sterling reputation as a leader in private enterprise, public service, and now in higher education.

“I can think of no better speaker to deliver a message that will help these graduates become leaders in ways that match their interests and abilities.”

Approximately 3,223 summer and fall graduates are eligible to parti-cipate in commencement exercises this month. Of these, 2,353 are undergraduate degrees and 870 are graduate degrees, according to the ECU registrar’s office. Summer graduates have already received their diplomas but are welcome to participate in the ceremony on Saturday.

In addition to the university ceremony, many colleges and departments have scheduled individual recognition ceremonies on Dec. 15.

Additional details about the ECU commencement, including updates to the departmental ceremonies schedule, are available at

This page originally appeared in the Dec. 8, 2006 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at