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ECU degree candidates wait patiently as festivities get under way at Minges Coliseum Friday morning during Fall Commencement exercises.
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ECU degree candidates wait patiently as festivities get under way at Minges Coliseum Friday morning during Fall Commencement exercises.

ECU graduates celebrate

By Ginger Livingston

The Daily Reflector

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With encouragement to use their education to make a difference, nearly 2,200 students turned their tassels at Friday’s 104th fall commencement ceremony at East Carolina University.

The College of Nursing led the celebration, setting off confetti cannons and Silly String when its 205 members stood for recognition. The audience cheered with approval. The audience earlier chanted “purple-gold” as the graduates entered Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.


“I was full of joy for them, said Cindy Winstead, a clinical nursing instructor whose daughter was among the graduates. “I know what they’ve been through, how hard they studied and prepared and I fully understood their elation. It’s a tradition for the nursing students at East Carolina.”

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