The North Carolina State Board of Trustees recently honored Hillside High School alumnus Irwin Holmes by naming the University College Commons building after him. Holmes made history, back in 1960, when he became the first African-American to receive an undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University.
In the fall of 1956, Holmes and three other pioneering students became NC State’s first African-American undergraduates, changing the once all-white face of the institution when they enrolled in what was then called the School of Engineering. In their time on campus, the students broke one barrier after another by participating in the tennis, soccer, and indoor track and field teams, and in the marching band.
In September 2018, the NC State Board of Trustees approved changing the name of University College Commons to Holmes Hall. The building will be rededicated during a celebration with Holmes and his family at 1 p.m. on Nov. 1, during Red and White Week.
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