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ECU to hold commencement ceremony Friday

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GREENVILLE, Pitt County - Plans for East Carolina University's Spring 2017 commencement could change Friday due to the potential for storms in the area.

ECU said in a press release only the immediate threat of severe weather or lightning in the area would cause the outdoor commencement ceremony to be discontinued or canceled. If this occurs, students would receive recognition at their individual college and departmental ceremonies.

The event is scheduled for 9 a.m. at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. University of North Carolina President Margaret Spellings will deliver the commencement address.

Guests are encouraged to prepare for wet weather. Graduating students will be given a poncho and umbrellas will be allowed into the stadium.

"We plan to move forward, rain or shine, as long as it is safe to do so," said Bill Koch, associate vice chancellor of environmental health and safety, in the press release. "ECU does not have an indoor facility that can accommodate the number of people expected at commencement."

A total of 5,542 students will receive degrees, including 3,982 bachelor degree candidates and 1,560 graduate degree candidates, of which 77 will receive medical degrees from the Brody School of Medicine and 47 will receive degrees from the School of Dental Medicine.

A complete listing of recognition ceremonies and any updates can be found by clicking here. Any updates to the outdoor commencement ceremony will also be posted on the ECU homepage.

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