New Student Induction & Pinning Ceremony


New Student Induction & Pinning Ceremony
The Pinning Ceremony is time-honored tradition and symbolic welcoming of newly incoming freshmen into the Viking family.  This event provides them with a formal introduction to the underlying purpose of ECSU and to renew their commitment to excellence.  The new students are presented with official ECSU pins by administrators, faculty, staff and students.  This acts as the ceremonial moment in which they officially become a Viking. Each year, a motivating and inspiring speaker is invited to generate an atmosphere of encouragement for the university family, and students.  This special event is open to all faculty, staff, students, families and guests.  

Monday,  August 16, 2021 | 2:00 p.m.
Mickey L. Burnim Fine Arts Center (Robinson Auditorium)

A face mask or face covering is required for all students, employees and guests!  


Keynote Speaker 


Darryl Bellamy

Darryl Bellamy, Jr.

Darryl Bellamy graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and three years later became a Corporate America dropout after quitting his job to inspire students. Darryl is a TEDx Speaker, as well as the author of Waking Up Chase. While in undergrad, Darryl was heavily involved on campus as an RA, Orientation Counselor, Student Government Association, leadership workshop facilitator, as well as a proud brother of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.  Darryl, known for his infectious energy, was an overly involved student leader who overcame his fears to receive multiple awards, participate in two corporate internships, and run for student body office. After collecting, (still) reading, and cataloging thousands of written student fears as of today, Darryl is now considered an expert on the topic of student fear.


This event is hosted by the Division of Student Affairs.