Temple University rescinds Bill Cosby's honorary degree

The Temple University Board of Trustees decided Friday to rescind the honorary degree it gave to Bill Cosby, one of i...

Posted: Apr 28, 2018 10:17 AM
Updated: Apr 28, 2018 10:17 AM

The Temple University Board of Trustees decided Friday to rescind the honorary degree it gave to Bill Cosby, one of its most famous alums and a former trustee.

In a three-sentence statement, the university said the decision was due to his conviction Thursday on three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

"In 1991, based on his career achievements, Temple awarded an honorary degree to William Cosby," the statement said. "Yesterday, Dr. Cosby was found guilty by a jury of the felony of aggravated sexual assault. Today the Temple University Board of Trustees has accepted the recommendation of the University to rescind the honorary degree."

Cosby graduated from Temple and had been on the Board of Trustees for 32 years until he resigned in 2014 amid accusations that he sexually assaulted dozens of women over decades.

"I have always been proud of my association with Temple University," Cosby said in a statement released by the university at the time. "I have always wanted to do what would be in the best interests of the university and its students. As a result, I have tendered my resignation from the Temple University Board of Trustees."

Through his powerful role at Temple, he met Andrea Constand, who worked for the university's women's basketball team. Cosby was found guilty of drugging and assaulting Constand at his home outside Philadelphia in January 2004.

Article Comments

West Lafayette
Overcast
54° wxIcon
Hi: 55° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 54°
Kokomo
Overcast
53° wxIcon
Hi: 55° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 53°
Rensselaer
Overcast
50° wxIcon
Hi: 51° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 50°
Fowler
Overcast
50° wxIcon
Hi: 52° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 50°
Williamsport
Overcast
52° wxIcon
Hi: 55° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 52°
Crawfordsville
Overcast
50° wxIcon
Hi: 55° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 50°
Frankfort
Overcast
55° wxIcon
Hi: 54° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 55°
Delphi
Overcast
52° wxIcon
Hi: 54° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 52°
Monticello
Overcast
52° wxIcon
Hi: 54° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 52°
Logansport
Overcast
48° wxIcon
Hi: 53° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 41°
Cooler, Cloudy with Gusty Winds Continuing
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Community Events