2016 Commencement Information

Welcome to the East Carolina University Commencement site. We hope this site provides Graduates with all the information you might need to apply for graduation, RSVP for the Main Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 6th at 9:00a.m.
in Dowdy Ficklen Stadium
, and obtain other information related to Commencement Weekend. There is also helpful information for Faculty and staff about RSVPing and where to be on the day of Commencement festivities. There is a specific section for Family and friends that we hope will answer your questions. In the event you still have questions or concerns, do not hesitate to call or email us. Our phone number is 252-737-1023. Any specific graduation questions can also be emailed to

Graduation 2015

2016 School/College Recognition Ceremonies

After East Carolina University’s Commencement Ceremony at Dowdy Ficklen Stadium some schools/colleges will hold recognition ceremonies for their graduates. The School/College Recognition page provides updated information for the time and location of those ceremonies.

Rick Atkinson

2016 Commencement Guest Speaker

Pulitzer-Prize Winning Author & Military Historian Rick Atkinson recently completed The Guns at Last Light: The War in Europe, 1944-1945, the final volume of his Liberation Trilogy, a narrative history of the U.S. military’s role in the liberation of Europe in World War II. The first volume, An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943, received the Pulitzer Prize and was acclaimed by the Wall Street Journal as “the best World War II battle narrative since Cornelius Ryan’s classics, The Longest Day and A Bridge Too Far.” The second volume, The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944, drew praise from the New York Times as “a triumph of narrative history, elegantly written…and rooted in the sight and sounds of battle.” ...