Why be a member of the Alumni Association?
How many times have you heard East Carolina described as a “special place?” How many times have you called it that? The unique combination of people, place, and learning has made East Carolina a distinctive experience for all it has touched for more than 100 years.

Today, the rising cost of higher education impacts students’ ability to experience that special East Carolina education. Now more than ever, membership in the East Carolina Alumni Association is vital to the continued success of not only the Association, but the University as well. As her biggest advocate and proudest ally, the Alumni Association strives each and every day to advance the University and bring value to every East Carolina degree.

Tomorrow starts here.
Your membership in the Alumni Association helps support Alumni Scholarships, which help to retain deserving ECU undergraduates who excel in the classroom and serve the community. These students walk the same grounds you did…sit in the same classrooms you once sat in…and proudly proclaim their Pirate heritage as loudly as you do!

What you do in this time of economic uncertainty will define the East Carolina experience for the students of today and tomorrow. Your membership not only supports students, but secures the future of the Alumni Association for generations of Pirates to come. It’s what EVERY PIRATE does that will enable East Carolina to reach new heights.

Become a member today. Impact students tomorrow.

“I have found ECU to be more like a home, and I want to stay connected FOREVER! Once a Pirate always a Pirate.”

Shoneice Sconyers ’11
Social Work major and Hispanic Studies minor
New Bern, NC

“I love ECU because it has given me so many opportunities and has molded me into the individual I am today. I wouldn’t be the same without East Carolina.”

Morgan Carter '12
Psychology major
Charlotte, NC

“Being a Pirate is a way of life. That is something this community of people has taught me...along with making friendships that will last a lifetime!”

Julie Siragusa ’12
Nursing major
Charlotte, NC

“My experience at ECU has left an indelible mark upon my character. Above all, I’ve recognized the virtue in embracing your mistakes, and the fundamental value in serving your community.”

Sam Yeboah ’12
Biology and Chemistry major
Greensboro, NC

“I never thought I’d add nearly 30,000 people to my family when I came to college, but that is essentially what I’ve done upon coming to ECU.”

Bruce Pittman ’13
Biochemistry major
Greensboro, NC

“I love ECU because of the tremendous amount of school spirit it has. Also, I love the campus and the home environment.”

Kenda Lewis '12
Psychology major
Kinston, NC

“I could always see myself in the PURPLE and GOLD! I am a Pirate for life.”

Tim Willis ’12
Business major
Raleigh, NC

“Deciding to attend ECU was the best decision I ever made. Every minute I’ve been here has been the best time of my life, and I love calling Pirate Nation home!”

Jennifer Warren ’13
Exercise Physiology major
Goldsboro, NC

"My wife and I both graduated from ECU and we are both lifetime members of the Alumni Association. We've always had a devotion to East Carolina, and because we gained so much from our education, we think lifetime membership is a great way to give back to the University. I would recommend lifetime membership to anyone who went to East Carolina. There are many wonderful benefits, and it's very special."

Jerry '65 and Joanie '65 Tolley

"I am a member of the alumni association because it provides an opportunity for me to connect to the university, renew relationships through alumni events, and help attract potential students to ECU. As an active member of the alumni association, I have the chance to serve as an advocate for the university through volunteerism. Being a member along with my son as a fellow Pirate demonstrates commitment and builds a legacy within our family."

Linda Thomas '81

"I am a member because ECU is my second home. Staying connected not only allows me to give back to the university but also inspire the next generation of pirates."

Tim Willis '12

"I am a member of the Alumni Association because I want everyone to know what East Carolina means to me and how much pride and love I have for ECU. Being a member means the world to me, and is the one way that I can give back and stay connected to the place that gave me the best years of my life."

Jeremy Woodard '01

"I am a member of the alumni association because I appreciate how well ECU prepared me for my business career. I enjoy contributing to the alumni association's efforts to provide scholarships for some of our best and brightest students. The Alumni Association does a great job of providing ways for alumni to reconnect with their alma mater and I hope when they do they enjoy it as much as I do. I believe in what ECU stands for and my membership helps me feel a part of the great things ECU is accomplishing!"

Wes Johnson '85