Reasons to Join


Show Your Pride
There’s a lot to be proud of at East Carolina University. Our economic impact in the region is in the billions, and yet we remain affordable and accessible for students, making us the “best bang for your buck.” Our programs are consistently ranked nationally. Our graduates become leaders in their industries and communities. Our award-winning faculty lead ground-breaking research. All these achievements would not be possible without the support of our alumni. Joining the alumni association ensures that achievements like these will continue to be points of pride in the future. Membership shows a commitment to the university and the East Carolina community.


Advance Your Career
Every East Carolina graduate wants to succeed in his or her career. Joining the alumni association provides members with many opportunities to meet new people, hear from experts and leaders, and learn new skills. Each month we host a Pirate Career Cast, an interactive webcast led by a nationally recognized expert, free for members. We also host networking events across the country with discounted registration for members. The Pirate network is strong across the nation and world. Plus, membership supports the maintenance of our constantly growing LinkedIn group, which allows alumni to connect and help each other!


Support Students
Today’s students are tomorrow’s alumni. A lifelong relationship with East Carolina doesn’t just begin after graduation; it begins the moment a student is accepted. The alumni association offers scholarships and awards to recognize and support East Carolina’s most promising and dedicated students, and keep them engaged with the university after they graduate. Alumni Scholarships are granted to qualified undergraduates who demonstrate service and leadership. The association also gives the prestigious Robert H. Wright Alumni Leadership Awards to graduating seniors recognized as those who will make a difference in their industries and communities as alumni. By joining the alumni association, you help us ensure a bright future for East Carolina.


Increase Value of Degree
With the support of our members, the alumni association works to advance the reputation of the university and increase the value of every degree from East Carolina. We do this by promoting the accomplishments of our alumni through the Alumni Awards program and spotlighting successful alumni in East magazine and The Chantey alumni blog. Plus, a strong alumni association helps ECU rise in national rankings, which often consider alumni participation.


Uphold Traditions
From homecoming in the fall to commencement in the spring, tradition abounds at East Carolina. From the night we celebrate graduating seniors to the night we bring back members of the 50th reunion class, we help celebrate landmark occasions in the lifelong relationship between alumni and our alma mater. Members of the alumni association are the proud guardians of these traditions. Member support helps us plan homecoming events, host reunions for various affinity groups, and allow opportunities for alumni to reconnect and reminisce.


Support Faculty
Faculty play a vital role in shaping students’ college experiences and maintaining bonds with students after they graduate from East Carolina University. To this end, the alumni association sponsors the University Alumni Awards for Outstanding Teaching and the Robert L. Jones ’58 Award for Teaching Excellence. With member support, the East Carolina Alumni Association is proud to recognize faculty members for their dedication in preparing students to become successful alumni.


Stay Informed
In addition to public platforms like our website, blog, and social media, members of the East Carolina Alumni Association receive exclusive communications that keep them connected and engaged. Members receive mailed copies of all issues of East magazine and our monthly e-newsletter ECUpdate. As ECU’s comprehensive university magazine, East covers academics, athletics, arts, students, faculty, alumni, supporters, community impact and more. ECUpdate has everything members need to know about ECU in the coming months, and combines upcoming events, the best of our blog and social media, and the previous month’s biggest news. Plus, only members have access to the online alumni directory. Membership supports all of these communication efforts and more.


Get Involved
Once you’re informed, you’ll see how easy and fun it is to become involved! Our members are some of East Carolina’s most dedicated and active supporters. Whether you want to tailgate, socialize, network, volunteer, find friends in a new city, reunite with classmates, or help current students, we have an event or program for you. While our events are open to all friends and fans of ECU, members know that getting involved is the best way to make the most of their membership. With events and regional chapters across the country, you don’t have to live in Greenville to feel at home in the Pirate Nation.


Be a VIP
Our members are Very Important Pirates (VIPs)! Members of the alumni association are eligible for VIP experiences at certain events. Plus, members receive discounts on registration for all our non-fundraiser events. Members will always save at least 25% on networking events, family and social events, Buccaneer Buffet tailgates, and more. In addition, members receive weekly MemberGrams with discounts at local and national partner retailers. Plus, membership is tax deductible! Your membership will pay for itself before you know it.


Invest in the Future
Growth of the university is more than just increasing enrollment and expanding campus borders; it is measured by programs and opportunities that offer an enriching education for students, and by alumni who continue to support these programs. Joining the alumni association shows that you want to extend the benefits of an East Carolina education to new generations.

"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