ECSU’s 172nd Commencement Ceremony Moves Forward as Planned
Elizabeth City State University’s 172nd commencement ceremony will be held in-person, as planned, on May 8 at 9 a.m. inside the Robert L. Vaughan Center.
“I appreciate everyone’s patience as ECSU staff worked to determine the best way for the university to proceed with this year’s spring commencement,” said ECSU Chancellor Karrie G. Dixon. “These are challenging times, but the safety and well-being of our students remains our top priority.”
Due to COVID-19 safety restrictions, each graduate will be given four guest tickets for commencement. During the ceremony, masks and social distancing will be maintained for the health and safety of all attendees.
There are several options for picking up tickets. Tickets can be picked up in the Marion D. Thorpe Administration Building lobby between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the following days:
- Tuesday, May 4, 2021
- Wednesday, May 5, 2021
- Thursday, May 6, 2021
Tickets can be picked up immediately following commencement rehearsal on Friday, May 7, 2021. Tickets can also be mailed upon request until Tuesday, May 4 to guarantee delivery. Students who want their tickets mailed must provide their current mailing address when confirming their attendance with the following SURVEY HERE.Tickets will not be available for pick up on the day of commencement.
Commencement rehearsal for all graduates will take place on Friday, May 7 at 1 p.m. in Robert L. Vaughan Center. Honor cords will be distributed at this time and additional information for graduates will be shared. Graduates should bring their hood and mortarboard to rehearsal.
Graduates should plan to arrive at Robert L. Vaughan Center at 8 a.m. on May 8 to line up for the ceremony. The procession begins promptly at 8:40 a.m. Graduates should plan to park in the STEM Complex parking lot.
Graduate’s guests can park in remaining spaces in lots near the Robert L. Vaughan Center, the Riley Wellness Center, STEM Complex, and Roebuck Stadium.
The ceremony will also be livestreamed to allow family and friends to join the ceremony remotely.
Due to precautions over the COVID-19 pandemic, both 2020 commencement ceremonies were organized to minimize the potential spread of the virus. Students were able to receive diplomas one-by-one, maintaining a maximum of 10 people inside the building at all times.
As more and more people are being vaccinated, and the spread of the virus is slowing, ECSU officials made the decision to give the Class of 2021 the best commencement ceremony possible under these circumstances.
For detailed information regarding the spring commencement ceremony go HERE.