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.
— Adam Owens (@AdamOwensTV) November 1, 2018
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.