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Smiles still around despite ECU graduation canceled due to weather

(NewsChannel 12 file photo, 2016)

GREENVILLE, Pitt County - Severe weather Friday morning washed out the main graduation ceremony for East Carolina University at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, but individual college ceremonies continued on at their respective indoor locations.

It's the second consecutive year rain and thunderstorms have rolled in prior to the ceremony, though the university was able to still move ahead with proceedings last year.

More than 5,000 students will graduate over the weekend, including Tina Drum. She is from Hickory and spent six years taking online classes to earn her degree.

"It's always been a goal of mine," Drum said. "I didn't do this right after high school so I decided to go back. I work for a company who reimbursed me to get my education and I did just that and I'm just really proud."

She drove four hours to attend Friday's graduation and was sad that it wasn't held due to the weather. But she will still be able to attend her engineering graduation ceremony.

Though the main ceremony was canceled, ECU officials said the thousands of extra individuals in town for the graduation proceedings Friday and Saturday mean traffic in the campus area will be heavier than usual. If you are heading out, officials say to avoid Fifth and Tenth streets near the campus, as well as several minor roads on the health science campus.

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