Recognition Ceremony

Spring 2024 Recognition Ceremony and Commencement Information


University Ceremony

The University Commencement Ceremony will be at 10:00 AM on Friday, May 3 inside Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. All ECU spring 2024 graduates and eligible summer 2024 graduates will have to complete an RSVP form to participate in the university commencement ceremony. The RSVP process will open in March 2024. More information about this ceremony can be found here.

Departmental Ceremony

The Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology Recognition Ceremony will be held at 7:00 PM on Friday, May 3, inside Wright Auditorium. Guest tickets are required and are currently limited to six per student, however more may become available if left unclaimed. Tickets will be available from Monday, March 18 through Friday April 19 at the Central Ticket Office (Monday-Friday 10:00 AM-5:00 PM.) If you are a student at a distance, we will hold your tickets for you so you can get them the day of the ceremony. Please note that we do not mail tickets. Please refer to your email to fill out a brief survey if you plan to attend.


REMINDER: Students participating in the departmental ceremony should arrive at the Bate building by 6:15 PM to line up.


What is the difference between the main university commencement ceremony and the departmental recognition ceremony?

The main university commencement ceremony is where degrees are conferred by the Chancellor; individual names are not read; the departmental ceremony is coordinated by the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology and names will be read at this event.

Does everyone need a ticket for the departmental Ceremony?

Yes, every person older than three years of age must have a guest ticket.  Exception – any child three years of age and under must sit on the lap of another guest and will not have their own seat.

What if I forgot to pick up my tickets from the Central Office by the deadline?

Once the department receives the remaining tickets from the Central Ticket Office, we can hold them for you to pick up in Rivers 245/246. Please contact the department at to notify us.

Are extra guest tickets available?

Once the department receives the remaining tickets from the central office, we will send out a communication with information on extra ticket availability and how to claim them. Be sure and monitor your email for this update. Please do not contact the department regarding extra tickets until after this email has been sent.  

What if I am a DE only student?

Your ticket allotments will be held at the department and available to be picked up the day of the ceremony. 

Are there accommodations for guests with ADA requirements?

Guests with ADA requirements will have access to elevators at Wright Auditorium Guests with DMV issued placards can park at any spot on campus designated for disability parking. Guests with ADA requirements are encouraged to arrive early, as designated parking near Wright may fill up quickly.  For more information, please contact DSS at

When do I get my diploma?

Diplomas are mailed 10-12 weeks after graduation using the address provided in the graduation application submitted by the student. Click here to learn more.

How do I change the address for where my diploma should be mailed?

Graduation applications cannot be updated by a student once they are submitted. Contact the Registrar’s Office ( for any updates that need to be made to the graduation application, including the address to where a diploma or certificate should be mailed.