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Parrott to Address Grads

By Erica Plouffe Lazure

Outgoing Greenville Mayor and ECU alumnus Don Parrott will deliver the keynote address at East Carolina University’s Dec. 15 commencement.

The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum, following a 9:30 a.m. concert by the ECU Wind Ensemble. More than 3,000 students are eligible to participate in commencement exercises. According to preliminary figures from the ECU registrar, 2,170 will graduate for the fall semester and 888 for the summer.

Parrott, a public accountant with a degree in business administration from ECU, has served as mayor since December 2001 and is active in the Greenville Chamber of Commerce and many other civic and professional organizations.

More than a dozen recognition ceremonies will be held for individual departments and colleges throughout the weekend (see schedule, p. 11).

ECU’s long-term plan regarding commencement and recognition ceremonies will take effect in Spring 2009, ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard said. The change in sequence, Ballard said, will enable degrees to be formally conferred during the institutional commencement, to be followed by individual unit recognition ceremonies.

The plan for 2009 is to hold ECU’s Institutional Ceremony at 10 a.m., Friday, May 8 at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

This page originally appeared in the Dec. 7, 2007 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at