UVM Honors First African-American Graduate with Creation of Andrew Harris Commons | UVM Today

Cloudy skies and periodic drizzle couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of four speakers and a large group of well-wishers who gathered on Sunday morning to dedicate the Andrew Harris Commons on the University of Vermont campus — as the green surrounded by the Davis Center, Terrell Hall, Marsh Life Sciences and the Bailey-Howe Library will now be called — commemorating UVM’s first African-American graduate.

The Commons, where the ceremony took place, is marked by a large plaque and five black marble monuments, one at the head of each pathway that enters the green. Harris, one of the first African-Americans to attend college in the United States, graduated from UVM in 1838.

“Today we are here to recognize and honor the legacy of Andrew Harris by dedicating this new, special space, this…

Read More

  • 1