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Basnight to Address Grads

Marc Basnight, leader of the North Carolina Senate and one of the most influential figures in state government, will deliver the featured address at ECU’s spring commencement on May 6.

Basnight, who is in his 11th term in the Senate and his seventh as Senate president pro tempore, also will receive an honorary doctor of letters degree.

Chancellor Steve Ballard said, “Rarely has one individual been as instrumental and important to education in the State of North Carolina as Marc Basnight. He constantly champions the causes that keep the 16 campuses of the University of North Carolina at the forefront of American higher education, and he is also a leading advocate for community colleges and public schools. We are proud to have him join us at commencement.”

About 3,000 ECU students will be eligible to receive degrees at two ceremonies in Minges Coliseum. The morning ceremony, at 10 a.m., will recognize graduates from the Brody School of Medicine, the School of Allied Health Sciences, the School of Nursing, the College of Education, the College of Health and Human Performance, the College of Human Ecology and the College of Technology and Computer Science.

Graduates from the Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business and the College of Fine Arts and Communication will be recognized at a 2 p.m. ceremony. Information on individual unit ceremonies may be found at

This page originally appeared in the April 17, 2006 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at