ECU bids farewell to Class of 2013

Photography by Cliff Hollis and Jay Clark


ECU Commencement Spring 2013

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Alumna encourages grads

May 10, 2013

By Jeannine Manning Hutson
ECU News Services

An East Carolina University alumna who has dedicated her career to children’s educational programs urged graduates May 10 to “Keep going! Keep being who you are!”

Dr. Valeria O. Lovelace told the graduates during the 104th spring commencement ceremonies for East Carolina that 40 years ago she was sitting in their place. “I had butterflies in my stomach as I thought of my future. Now I marvel at the doors that a degree opened for me,” she said.


ECU grads look ahead

May 10, 2013

By Crystal Baity
ECU News Services

In the past month, Doll Ferguson has taken five exams, worked 120 clinical hours, written papers and a 15-page journal. Next up is the NCLEX, the national licensure exam to become a registered nurse.

It’s all worth it, she said, because now she’s an East Carolina University graduate. This Pirate nurse will be working in the telemetry/cardiac unit at Alamance Regional Medical Center in Burlington.


Grads share their stories

East Carolina University graduates, friends and family members shared their Pirate pride on social media postings before and during the ECU spring 2013 commencement. View a selection of those images and comments below or follow ECU Storify at