Frequently Asked Questions for Graduates

What is the date of Fall 2023 Commencement?

December 15, 2023 at 10am in Minges Coliseum.

What happens in the case of rain for the University Ceremony?

The Fall 2023 University Commencement Ceremony is held indoors at Minges Coliseum. The event will be held as planned. In the event of severe weather visit the Commencement home page or ECU website for updates.

Will there be a Live Stream for the Ceremonies?

There will be a live stream link for the University Commencement Ceremony which will be posted on the commencement website on December 15, 2023 at 10am.

There will not be a live stream or recording for the individual college recognition ceremonies unless otherwise communicated by the individual college/department.

What time should I arrive for the University Ceremony?
To be announced.

Will there be any other in-person ceremonies for Fall 2023 for college or departments (e.g. College of Business / Psychology Dept.)?

ECU will host college recognition ceremonies in the afternoon and evening of December 15 in various locations. Guest tickets are required and are limited per graduate based on venue size and graduate numbers. Information about tickets will be shared in October.

Minges Coliseum

  • 1 p.m. – Business
  • 4 p.m. – Engineering and Technology
  • 7 p.m. – Health and Human Performance

Main Campus Student Center – Ballrooms

  • 1 p.m. – Allied Health Sciences
  • 4 p.m. – Nursing

Wright Auditorium

  • 1 p.m. – Education
  • 4 p.m. – Fine Arts and Communication

ECHI Auditorium

  • 1 p.m. – Brody Sciences

Hendrix Theatre

  • 1 p.m. – Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences
    • Biology; Chemistry; Geography, Planning and Environment; Geological Sciences; Mathematics; and Physics
  • 4 p.m. – Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences
    • Anthropology; Criminal Justice and Criminology; Economics; Multidisciplinary Studies; Political Science; Psychology; and Sociology
  • 7 p.m. – Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences
    • English; Foreign Languages and Literature; History; Philosophy and Religious Studies; and University Studies

Does everyone need a ticket for the college ceremony?

Yes, every person older than three years of age must have a guest ticket.  Exception – any child three years of age and under must sit on the lap of another guest and will not have their own seat.

What if I forget to pick up my tickets?

Any guest tickets not picked up (unclaimed) by the TBA deadline, not including DE-only students, will be returned to each college/department. The unclaimed tickets may be redistributed to other graduates who have already picked up tickets, but that process will be announced after TBA by each respective college. You will NOT be able to pick up tickets at the Central Ticket Office after TBA.

Are extra guest tickets available?

The only way to receive additional guest tickets, beyond your allotment, is through the re-distribution of unclaimed tickets. The process for each college/department is unique to that college/department and will be communicated directly to graduates. Be advised the number of unclaimed tickets available for re-distribution will not be known until after TBA.  See communications from your college/department for details.


  • Selling, buying, duplicating, or trading tickets for the ceremonies is completely prohibited and may result in your tickets being revoked.

What if I am a DE-Only student?

For Distance Education only students (students who don’t take any on-campus classes and may not come to campus before the day of the ceremony) – Each college has provided a list of DE-only students and those ticket allotments will be held aside and not re-distributed. Additional information will come directly to graduates from each individual college / department.

For specific questions about your college/department process scroll above to the section entitled “Contact List by Ceremony” and click the link to your college / department.

Who Attends the College Ceremonies?

College ceremonies include undergraduate, graduate, professional and doctoral students. If the college doesn’t have multiple ceremonies listed above that means all departments in that college will attend that ceremony.

A member of our group is a person with a disability. How do we make advanced arrangements?

The venue for the main university ceremony is fully accessible. Volunteers will be available to direct individuals with disabilities to accessible parking and seating options. The main university ceremony is ASL interpreted.

All faculty, staff, guests, and graduating seniors who have personal accommodation needs, should have completed the request for accommodations form by TBA to request accommodations for the ceremony on December 15, 2023.

Where do I park for the University Ceremony?

For the University Commencement Ceremony, all ECU parking lots around Minges Coliseum will be open and free of charge for graduate and guest parking. Carpooling for guests and graduates is strongly encouraged. Guests with valid state-issued handicapped permits or plates requiring accessible parking should park in the DMV Placard Required area between Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium and Minges Coliseum.

ECU Police and event staff will assist with parking guests and graduates. Click here for directions to Minges Coliseum from outside of Greenville.

For the college ceremonies, all ECU parking lots will be open for use. Do not parking in a handicapped space without having a valid state-issued handicapped permit. The parking garage next to the student center will be open and free on December 15-16.

What if I am a double major?

For graduates earning more than one degree in the same semester, you can attend multiple ceremonies if you like. If the two ceremonies happen to be at the same time, you would just choose which one to attend. You will have guest tickets available for each ceremony you choose to attend.

Are names read during the University Ceremony?

ECU does not read the names of graduates during the university ceremonies. This is not a pandemic related situation. We simply don’t have the ability to read thousands of individual names in the university ceremonies. Only doctoral and professional student names will be read as this is a standard practice during university ceremonies. Individual names are typically read during the college ceremonies.

I have heard that names are read in ceremonies. Where did that happen and why not this fall?

The names of undergraduate and master’s degree graduate names are typically read during the 20+ college and department ceremonies, which is separate from the university ceremony. 

How do I know if I have met all the necessary academic requirements to graduate?

Review your Degree Works audit accessed through your Pirate Port account. If you have concerns with your degree audit, contact your academic advisor or contact Graduation Services at

Where do I get my cap and gown?

Dowdy Students Stores, located in the Main Campus Student Center, is East Carolina University’s official source for graduation regalia, merchandise, and apparel.

They will be open throughout graduation week. You can also still pick up caps and gowns at the store this week. Shipping for caps and gowns is no longer available. 

For additional cap and gown information click here.

When do I get my diploma?

Diplomas are mailed 10-12 weeks after graduation using the address provided in the graduation application submitted by the student. Click here to learn more.

What is the difference between the main university commencement ceremony and my unit recognition ceremony?

The main university commencement ceremony is where degrees are conferred by the Chancellor; individual names are not read; Your unit ceremony is coordinated and held by your college, school or department.

What size is my diploma?

Diplomas, both graduate and undergraduate, are 11”x14”.  Certificates, both graduate and undergraduate, are 8 1/2”x11”.

How do I change the address for where my diploma should be mailed?

Graduation applications cannot be updated by a student once they are submitted. Contact the Registrar’s Office ( for any updates that need to be made to the graduation application, including the address to where a diploma or certificate should be mailed.