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Department graduation sponsors creativity

Some students came up with some very creative cap decorations at the English department's Saturday graduation ceremony. For more photos of the event, visit the department's Facebook page at

Schwartz's winning infographic

TPC student wins national infographic contest

Graduate student Jonah Schwartz has won the 2017 Society for Technical Communication's (STC) Student Infographic Contest.

Schwartz, who will receive the award at STC's annual Summit next week in Anaheim, CA, recently completed the Professional Communication Certificate. He is now pursuing his MA in English with a concentration in Technical and Professional Communication.

The contest was open to undergraduate and graduate students from across the nation, and the award was sponsored by the STC's Academic Special Interest Group. STC is the largest organization in North America dedicated to the advancement of theory and practice in technical communication, with more than 6,000 members.

Hennon and Heroux

Hennon and Heroux win outstanding student awards

Congratulations to Outstanding MA student Abigail Hennon and Outstanding BA student Alissa Heroux!

Atkinson speaking at graduation


Friday’s university graduation ceremony featured several English department members.

Alumnus Rick Atkinson, a 1974 graduate of the ECU English department, delivered the Commencement address. Atkinson has won a Pulitzer Prize in History for his book An Army at Dawn, and he also has won two Pulitzer Prizes for reporting. Atkinson served as a reporter, foreign correspondent, and senior editor for 25 years at the Washington Post. Click the link to read more about Atkinson's life and career from ECU news:

Dr. Jim Kirkland, East Carolina’s longest-serving faculty member, was the Mace Bearer at the ceremony.

Finally, the newly minted Dr. Randy Marfield received his doctoral hood from Dr. Seodial Deena.

Congratulations to all!

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