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Dillard University Celebrates Alumnus Garrett Morris’s Hollywood Walk of Fame Star

January 25, 2024

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New Orleans, LA – Dillard University is to announce the achievement of its alumnus, Garrett Morris. A member of the class of 1958 and recipient of an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in 2016, Mr. Morris is set to be honored with – a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This distinction, marking him as the 2,771st star, not only signifies a personal milestone but also highlights Dillard University’s commitment to cultivating leaders in all industries globally.  Dillard University proudly celebrates this significant milestone and warmly invites the community to join in honoring one of its most distinguished alumni.

Garrett Morris

The induction ceremony, coinciding with Morris’s 87th birthday, is scheduled for February 1, 2024, at 11:30 a.m. PT. The event will be accessible through a live stream at the Hollywood Walk of Fame website, allowing fans and supporters to participate in this joyous occasion.

Mr. Morris’ time at Dillard University, particularly his involvement with the Dillard University Concert Choir (DUCC), was a crucial phase in his artistic journey. It was here, within the halls and among the choirs of Dillard, that Morris honed his talents, laying the groundwork for a career that would see him achieve national acclaim. Garrett Morris’ career is notable for its diversity and groundbreaking moments. As an original cast member on “Saturday Night Live” (SNL) during its inaugural season (1975-1976), he portrayed a range of memorable characters, becoming the first African-American comedian on the show and contributing to increased diversity in comedy and entertainment. Beyond SNL, Morris made an impact in television, with roles in series such as “The Jeffersons,” “Martin,” “The Jamie Foxx Show,” and “Two Broke Girls.” In film, he showcased his unique humor in titles such as “Cooley High” (1975), “Car Wash” (1976), “The Stuff” (1985), and “Coneheads” (1993).

Mr. Morris is on the third row on the left

The Dillard University Concert Choir (DUCC), an integral part of the university’s cultural identity since 1935, has been instrumental in cultivating talent like Morris for generations. Dr. Frederick D. Hall, a significant figure in the evolution of Dillard University’s Music Department and Choir, once noted, “The vocal talent among the students–Dillard University students– is above average.” This reflection by Dr. Hall emphasizes the exceptional musical environment at Dillard, which has been instrumental in cultivating talents like Morris for generations.

In celebration of this rich musical heritage, Dillard University will honor the 48-year tenure of S. Carver Davenport, Associate Professor of Music and Concert Choir Director, alongside recognizing Mr. Davenport’s distinction as the longest-serving choral director among all 105 Historically Black Colleges and Universities. This event, scheduled for Sunday, February 25, 2024, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lawless Memorial Chapel, serves as a fundraiser to support the upcoming spring tour of the Dillard University Concert Choir.

About Dillard University

Dillard University is a historically Black institution that cultivates leaders who live ethically, think and communicate precisely, and act courageously to make the world a better place. Located in New Orleans, Dillard is a private faith-based liberal arts university that offers 22 majors and two certificate programs. Ranked 5th on 2021 The New York Times Overall Mobility Index and 14th in 2022 by Academic Influence for Best Colleges and Universities by Academic Stewardship, Dillard’s call to future leaders is to Write Your Legacy. Find out more about Louisiana’s oldest HBCU by visiting