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NC State Names Holmes Hall After 1st African-American Graduate & ACC Athlete

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Today NC State changed the name of University College Commons to Holmes Hall in honor of Irwin Holmes, the first African-American to earn an undergraduate degree.

Holmes proudly walked across the graduation stage on May 29th, 1960, with a degree in electrical engineering in hand.

Not only was Holmes the school’s first African-American graduate, he was also the ACC’s first African-American athlete, playing tennis and running indoor track.

In 1960, Holmes became co-captain of the Tennis team, becoming the 1st African-American captain of a varsity team in ACC history.

Truly a remarkable story.

The legendary Tim Peeler broke it down in story form here.

 

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