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Commencement Ceremony

Earl Howard Studios will be photographing prospective Fall 2023 graduates on Tuesday, October 3rd from 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Wednesday, October 4th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the Ridley Student Center, Room 216. There will be a sitting fee of $20 per student (cash or charge). The photographer wants students to know their hands will be shown in the pictures. Ladies should not wear shirts above the collar line. Men should wear a shirt and tie. The photographer will provide the cap and gown.


177th Commencement Ceremony

Our 177th Commencement ceremony will be held at the R. L. Vaughan Center on Saturday, December 9, 2023, at 10:00 a.m.
The livestream for ECSU Commencement will be accessible from this webpage and on Elizabeth City State University's YouTube Channel.
As you prepare for Commencement, visit the Frequently Asked Questions webpage for all information pertaining to your candidacy for graduation. 

Commencement Livestream

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Commencement Speaker

 Ms. Collette V. Smith
Believe ‘NYou, Inc.
First African American Female Coach in the National Football League (NFL)

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Commencement Events

ECSU Commissioning Ceremony will be on Friday, December 8, 2023 at 10:00 A.M. at the Fine Arts Center.

Graduation rehearsal will be on Friday, December 8, 2023 at 1:00 P.M. at the R.L. Vaughan Center (Graduates, please remember to bring your hoods!).

Senior Reception and Pinning Ceremony will be on Friday, December 8, 2023 from 6:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M. at the K.E. White Graduate Center


Graduating Student Exit Survey

The ECSU Career Center wants to know your post- graduation plans!  Whether you will work full-time, pursue additional education, travel the world, or are undecided, we welcome the  opportunity  to learn more about your professional life after commencement in December. Tell us tell the story of our Fall 2023 ECSU graduates!

Please complete the Career Center Graduating Senior Exit Survey on or before Friday, December 8th.

You can access the survey by clicking on the following link: https://ecsu.iad1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2tJMeZ2NwLP4mOO


Guest Needing Accomodations/ Accessibilities


If you or one of your guests has an accessibility need, please complete the following survey NO LATER THAN, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH:


Requests received after NOVEMBER 17th cannot be guaranteed.
You will be contacted by the ECSU Office of Student Accessibility if additional information is needed.


For questions regarding accessibility seating for commencement, please contact the ECSU Office of Student Accessibility at ada-504coordinator@ecsu.edu or (252) 335-3642.
If you have specific questions, please contact the Office of Academic Affairs, (252) 335-2880.