New Student Welcome and Convocation

2017 New Student Welcome and Convocation – August 20, 2017 at 4:30 pm
Featuring Keynote Speaker Lex Gillette, World Record Holder, Paralympic Medalist and World Champion, ECU Alumni

Lex Gillette


  • Transit – Shuttles will begin running at 3:30 pm and will pick up at Mendenhall, Wright Circle and College Hill transit stops.
  • Walking - Students may walk to Minges Coliseum from campus crossing over 14th Street at the top of College Hill (behind Gateways East and West). Begin walking early to ensure prompt arrival. 
  • Cars – Parking will be available with official ECU Parking Permits.

Entrance to Minges:
Students will enter Gates 1 and 2 for lower level seating.  Students will enter through the Smith-Williams Practice facility for upper level seating.  Members of the Greek Life Community will be onsite to welcome ECU incoming students

Class Pin:
Students will receive an ECU Entering Class 2017 Pin as they enter Minges Coliseum. The Entering Year Pin symbolizes the start of the academic journey and commitment to being an East Carolinian.

Students will sit on the lower floor of Minges, sections 201-207, and in the upper level, sections 215-216.  
Faculty and staff seating is in upper level sections 214-215.

Pep Rally:

A pep rally led by the ECU Athletic Department, ECU Coaches, Pep Band, Cheerleaders and Dance Team will immediately follow Convocation in Minges Coliseum.

Exit from Minges to Pirate Palooza:
All students will exit through Smith Williams Center and Gate 2 towards Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium to enter Pirate Palooza (for more information on this event visit

All first time students are invited to fall convocation in Minges Coliseum where you are officially welcomed to East Carolina University.  The purpose of this event is to foster community building traditions, student involvement and campus commitment.  As part of the official welcome, students will begin to build a group identity or community among members of the entering class; understand the institution’s mission and expectations; and hear presentations from the Chancellor and a keynote speaker. The new student welcome and convocation is capped off with a spirited pep rally led by the Athletic Director, ECU’s coaches, Marching Band, Cheerleaders and Dance team.


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