Capt. Anthony Swain is Homecoming 2013 Grand Marshal
Kesha Williams September 06, 2013
Capt. Anthony Swain, '82, will be Elizabeth City State University's Homecoming 2013
Grand Marshal. Swain, a native of South Mills, N.C., is the assistant for surface
warfare for the Office of the Naval Inspector General of the U.S. Navy. He is a life
member of the ECSU National Alumni Association and an active member of the D.C. Metro
Alumni Chapter. He also is a recipient of the Chancellor's Legacy Award at ECSU.
He looks forward to the Homecoming Parade on Saturday, Oct. 19, when fans and supporters
will line the streets of Elizabeth City.
"This is the first time I have been a grand marshal and I am honored to be selected,"
Swain said. "I represented the Navy during a Veteran's Day parade in New Orleans in
1999 and enjoyed it."
The parade is one of the highlights of Homecoming events that will take place from
Oct. 13 through Oct. 20. At the Homecoming football game slated for Oct. 19, the ECSU
Vikings will play Lincoln University.
Swain said he is looking forward to returning to campus and seeing other alumni, especially
those from his Class of 1982.
"I am calling on alumni from the 1980s to attend as many Homecoming 2013 events as
possible in support of ECSU," he said.
For Swain, returning to the university is a rewarding experience. He initially learned
the value of honor, courage and commitment in northeast North Carolina, long before
his Navy experience began. As a result of that moral foundation, Swain said he still
lives by that code of conduct today. He is proud to serve as an ambassador for the
nation and ECSU. He encourages students and Viking alumni to proudly serve the nation
as best they can.
"The core of my success as a naval officer is owed to my ECSU education and my experiences
there. I have visited over 60 countries, met a myriad of people all over the world,
tasted exotic foods, exchanged cultural insights, and had unimaginable encounters
only experience can convey," Swain said.
"The next generation of Vikings will have opportunities to achieve even more with
the education offered at our great institution. Have the courage to dream, make the
commitment to live the dream, and honor those who came before you."
Swain earned a bachelor's degree in accounting and business/management from ECSU in
1982. He holds two master's degrees, one in finance from Naval Postgraduate School
in 1992 and another in national resource strategy from National Defense University
During his 29-year career in the Navy, Swain has served as the commanding officer
on three ships. In several leadership positions, he has been responsible for leading
Navy officers and hundreds of sailors. His assignments were carried out while the
ships were deployed for war and peacetime operations.
Join Swain and other ECSU alumni, students and supporters celebrating Homecoming 2013
at the following events: www.ecsuhomecoming.com