Frequently Asked Questions for Families and Guests

Do I need tickets to attend the main ceremony?

No.  However, tickets may be needed for the unit recognition events.  Have your student contact their school, college, or department for more information.

My graduate has told me that graduation is at a different time than what is published on the web.

Please note that there is a main university commencement ceremony as well as smaller unit recognition events for individual schools, colleges and departments.

A member of our group is a person with a disability.  Do we need to make advanced arrangements?

No. The venue for the main university ceremony is fully accessible.  Attendants and ushers will be available to direct individuals with disabilities to accessible parking and seating options.  The main university ceremony is ASL interpreted.

Will the university provide wheelchairs for family and guests with disabilities?

No.  Several local pharmacies rent mobility aids for personal use.  Golf carts will be patrolling the parking lots at the main university ceremony to provide assistance for individuals with disabilities as feasible.

Where can I find lodging in Greenville and surrounding areas?

Click here for a good place to start.

What happens in the case of rain?

The Spring 2019 ceremony is held outdoors at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. The program will be held rain or shine on May 3rd at 7 p.m.  However, in the event of severe weather, the ceremony may be moved to the rain date of Saturday, May 4th at 9 a.m.  Any information about weather will be posted on the ECU website ( or on official ECU social media accounts.