He was known as "Herm the Germ," but the only thing infectious about Herman Harris is his determination. More than forty years after playing his last game at McKale Center, Harris was back to receive his diploma.
"I promised my mother I'd get my degree, and I fulfilled my promise," said Harris, while choking up on stage.
After leaving the Wildcats, Harris played professionally, spent time in the Army, and worked at the Pima County Superior Courthouse. He took classes part-time over the last two and a half years.
"I don't quit. If I set out to do something, I'm going to do it."
Standing with the other seniors, Arizona coach Sean Miller called it a special moment. "His humble approach, gratefulness, dignity, and courage were all present while he was on stage," Miller said.
"I finally did it!" exclaimed Harris.