By Katherine Ayers
Friday, December 13, 2013
More than 2,300 East Carolina University students turned their tassels at the 105th commencement ceremony Friday.
Psychology graduate Marie Shuter said she is excited to receive her degree and head to England to earn a doctorate in neuroscience.
“My goal has developed as I studied at ECU,” Shuter said. “I originally wanted a medical degree but found out I was more research oriented.”
Shuter now wants to teach and do research. She has been accepted to Durham University and is waiting on other acceptance letters before making her decision.
Dr. Samuel Sears, director of ECU’s Health Psychology doctoral program, delivered the commencement address and reminded students, “No matter where you go from here, you will always be from East Carolina.”
“This region has a soul and character that is different from other places,” Sears said. “The soil has always been fertile for new crops and new ideas and visionary leadership.”
Sears said ECU is always striving for more.
“Some have called that a ‘chip on our shoulder,’ while others have simply said to the challenges ‘bring it on,’” he said. “Regardless, it is definitely pirate passion.”
It is up to each graduate to tell others about ECU, Sears said.
“We have to tell the story of East Carolina University. You have to demonstrate the value of East Carolina University,” Sears said. “It’s a great story!”
Before Spear’s address, the graduates heard from Clark Williams, senior class representative; Faculty Senate Chair Mark Sprague and John Fennebresque with the N.C. Board of Governors. ECU Chancellor Steve Ballard introduced the speakers.
“We’ve gone through a lot together and you’ve made it,” Sprague said. “You’ve been prepared for a career and a meaningful life. Keep in touch, we made a considerable investment in you and want to know how you’ve doing.”
During the conferring of degrees, each doctoral candidate was recognized individually, while the master’s and baccalaureate students were recognized as a group in each of their respective colleges and programs.
There were 1,600 bachelor’s degree and 723 graduate degree candidates.
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via The Daily Reflector.