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Allisonian Firsts: Cyril Harper

A virtual exhibition celebrating the bold Allisonians who became the "firsts" in their field.

Cyril Harper

First Black Bachelor of Commerce from Mount Allison University, 1955

Cyril Harper, 1955

Taken from the 1955 Allisonian yearbook. May only be reproduced with permission of the Mount Allison University Archives.

Cyril Harper was originally from the island of Saint Kitts. He came to Mount Allison in the fall of 1953 from Curaçao to study Commerce. He played Varsity soccer for two years and also played on the "Polar Bears" hockey team in connection with the Club Tropicale of which he was an active member. He earned his Bachelor of Commerce in 1955, becoming the first person of colour to obtain the degree at Mount Allison University, two years after it had been implemented.