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The Graduation Process

For information related to ECU's Commencement please visit:

ECU Commencement

For information on our the Biology Departmental Recognition Ceremony please visit:

Biology Departmental Recognition Ceremony

Rising Seniors

Degreeworks Review: Rising seniors will need to schedule an appointment with your advisor to confirm your Degreeworks is accurate.  This can be done during your regularly scheduled advising appointment.  All seniors need to confirm the remaining requirements needed to satisfy your specific degree program requirements.


Apply to graduate!!!  Go to Banner self-service menu.  Click on “student”, then “student records”, then “apply to graduate.”  Be sure to thoroughly review all information for accuracy. Click here to see step by step instructions.

The address is the mailing address diplomas will be mailed to after degree requirements have been met.  Use a permanent address not a temporary one!

Our department uses this information to distribute important information such as emails and letters.  Students who fail to apply to graduate, using the instructions above, will not receive important graduation information, will not be in our program and will not have the clearances to pick up tickets.

Exit Exam

All graduating seniors are required to take an exit exam in their final semester (exception students completing degree requirements in the summer will take the exit exam in the spring semester prior to the summer of anticipated graduation).  All students who applied to graduate for that semester will receive an email with the days and times the exit exam is offered.

Graduating Senior Survey

Graduating seniors will receive an invitation to complete the senior survey online.  You can find the link within PiratePort to access the Qualtrics survey.  We encourage you to complete this survey as it provides valuable information to our departments.

Congratulations on your upcoming achievement. You have worked very hard to make it to this point in your educational career.  Our department could not be prouder of all of our outstanding students.

Graduation Information

Visit https://commencement.ecu.edu for information regarding commencement ceremonies, departmental ceremonies, GradBash and more.

RSVP to Graduation

To RSVP to our ceremony, please follow the directions sent out via email.  When tickets are utilized for our Spring ceremony, students whom pick up tickets at the Central Ticket Office, in the New Student Center, are considered attending. 

Picture and Information for Slideshow

During the graduation ceremony we will display pictures of our graduating class as each student walks across the stage.  Please send a picture for the slide show to Mrs. Ginger Grimes (grimesg14@ecu.edu).

DEADLINE: Two Weeks Prior to Graduation Date

Include the following information:

  • jpeg or jpg files only
  • File name: Last name, First name (Example: Smith, Joseph Thomas) Middle names or middle initials are optional, however, appreciated if you have a common name.
  • File MUST be attached to email.  Do not embed image within email.
  • Include your hometown and state.
  • If applicable, please indicate if you are receiving one or more of the following honors:
    • Summa Cum Laude (Final GPA 3.90-4.00)
    • Magna Cum Laude (Final GPA 3.60-3.89)
    • Cum Laude (Final GPA 3.50-3.59)
    • University Honors o Honors in Biology
    • Undergraduate Assistant (UA) under Dr. Vance-Chalcraft
    • Robert H. Wright Alumni Leadership Award

ADA Assistance

If you have a family member (or yourself) that requires ADA assistance, please include specific accommodations required by you or your guests in your email so that I can notify our venue to take appropriate arrangements.  To make appropriate accommodations, it is very important that we are informed of any special needs, (wheelchair seating, mobility issues, etc.)

  Please note, we do not offer wheel chairs for guests.  Guests who do not own their own wheelchairs will need to contact a durable medical supply company.  If you have more questions, please contact Disability Support Services office at 252-737-1016 or dssdept@ecu.edu.

Academic Regalia

To acquire academic regalia (cap and gown) please contact Dowdy Student Stores: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-admin/studentstores/Undergraduate.cfm