174th ECSU Commencement Ceremony – Elizabeth City State University


Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) celebrated its Spring 2022 class on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at the Robert L. Vaughan Center on campus. A total of 246 students graduated with degrees ranging from digital media to homeland security to sports management and more.

“We are so proud of our promotion; it was an honor to be part of their journey. We have seen our students grow into leaders, experts and innovators throughout their time at university, and we look forward to seeing their achievements in the future,” said ECSU Chancellor, Karrie G. Dixon.

Mace Bearer / Shield Bearer

Achaunti Hayward

Savannah Hess

Savannah Hess

Tiffany Packard

Tiffany Packard

Achaunti Hayward and Mrs. Savannah Hess shared the Mace Bearer honor, which is presented to the student who entered ECSU as a freshman and has the highest grade point average (GPA) in the class. Mrs. Tiffany Packard received the Shield Bearer distinction, which recognizes the transfer student with the highest cumulative GPA in the class. All three earned a 4.0 GPA.

Commissioning ROTC

2LT Marissa Brown and Jordan Hathaway

2LT Marissa Brown and Jordan Hathaway

Ms. Marissa Brown and Mr. Jordan Hathaway Commissioned in the United States Army, pinning the rank of Second Lieutenant (2LT), during ECSU’s Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony Friday, May 6 at the Floyd L. Robinson Auditorium. They reaffirmed the oath of office at the beginning. Ms. Brown will serve as a Transportation Corps officer in the U.S. Army Reserve and Mr. Hathaway will serve as an active duty Military Police Corps officer.

Honorary doctorates

Honorary doctorates were awarded to Senator Philip E. Berger and Dr. Jeanette H. Evans.

Senator Philip E. Berger

Senator Philip E. Berger

  • Dr. Jeanette H. Evans

    Dr. Jeanette H. Evans

    Senator Berger’s leadership has had a positive impact on ECSU, which is the only 4-year university and HBCU in northeastern North Carolina. He was instrumental in implementing NC’s promise to maintain an affordable and accessible college for students across the state, as well as a historic investment in the future of the university.

  • Dr. Evans shares a deep love for his alma mater and has served tirelessly as an active officer and member of the ECSU National Alumni Association. She also served as de facto chief of staff during Chancellor Burnim’s 11-year tenure, sharing her wisdom and experience with the leadership team and others at the university.
Nahum Jeannot

Nahum Jeannot

Keynote speaker

the Keynote speaker was Nahum Jeannot, CEO of GoOats and former contestant on ABC’s hit show Shark Tank®. Earlier this year, Jeannot coached student teams as they prepared to compete in Viking Entrepreneurship Weekan inspiring competition that allowed student entrepreneurs from HBCUs in North Carolina to pitch their ideas in front of professionals.

Attend the ceremony on ECSU’s YouTube channel. [The technical issues at the beginning get resolved, so please keep watching.]

To see photos of the ceremony in line.

Download a free copy of Program of the 174th launching ceremony.

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