GREENVILLE, NC (07/13/2018)-- At East Carolina University, 5,479 students received degrees on May 4, 2018 in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. The following local students earned degrees:
Erin Maroney of Belmar (07719) graduated with a MS-Clinical Counseling
Shelley Vogelei of Cape May Court House (08210) graduated with a MAED-Middle Grades Education
Victoria Steinmetz of Clarksboro (08020) graduated with a MA-School Psychology
Margaret Barry of Dennisville (08214) graduated with a BSN-Nursing
Morgan Wilson of Elmer (08318) graduated with a BS-Public Health Studies
Von Davis of Elmer (08318) graduated with a CERT-Supply Chain Management and MBA-Business Administration
Victoria Wallace of Hainesport (08036) graduated with a 4C-Professional Selling and BSBA-Marketing
Michael Eveland of Hainesport (08036) graduated with a BSBA-Management
Matthew Kiriluk of Lumberton (08048) graduated with a BSBA-Finance
Casey McFeeley of MANTUA (08051) graduated with a BA-Psychology
Jenna Haxton of Marlton (08053) graduated with a BS-Communication
Geneva Mannino of Marlton (08053) graduated with a BS-Communication
Kathleen Henderson of Marlton (08053) graduated with a BS-Elementary Education
Sarah Jackson of Marlton (08053) graduated with a BS-Special Ed Gen Curriculum
Brittany O'Brien of Marlton (08053) graduated with a BS-University Studies
Mackenzie Canavan of Marlton (08053) graduated with a BSBA-Management
Erin Marini of Medford (08055) graduated with a MS-Communic Sci and Disorders
Kelly Sullivan of Mullica Hill (08062) graduated with a BSW-Social Work
Spencer Schaefer of Pilesgrove (08098) graduated with a BS-Public Health Studies
Miranda Tharp of Pittsgrove (08318) graduated with a MS-Communic Sci and Disorders
The fireworks capped off a new format for ECU's 109th spring commencement ceremony, which was held in the evening for the first time.
The keynote speaker for commencement was Linda McMahon, administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. McMahon earned her bachelor's degree in French and her teaching certification at ECU and went on to become the co-founder and chief executive officer of World Wrestling Entertainment.
She encouraged graduates to "find your passion, play to your strengths and never lose your curiosity. I think these apply to business or any path you take. While you can't script your life, your values will drive your narrative."
In recognition of her leadership, accomplishments and service, Chancellor Cecil Staton awarded McMahon an honorary doctorate of humanities degree, as approved by the ECU Board of Trustees.
ECU offers more than 85 bachelor's, 72 master's and 19 doctoral degrees to nearly 29,000 students on its Greenville, North Carolina, campus and through an acclaimed online learning program.