UNIVERSITIES WITHDRAW DEGREES AWARDED TO ACTOR BILL COSBY

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Comedian Bill Cosby at Temple University's commencement Thursday, May 12, 2011, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Two universities have withdrawn the honourary degrees conferred on Bill Cosby over his serial rape scandal.

The popular American stand-up comedian, actor, author, and activist, over the years has received more than a dozen honorary doctorates.

But two universities, Fordham and Marquette both in the United States last Thursday announced the withdrawal of their own from the troubled septuagenarian.

In Milwaukee, Marquette’s Board of Trustees approved a resolution withdrawing an honorary degree presented to Cosby in 2013.

Fordham’s Board of Trustees also voted to take back an honorary doctor of fine arts degree given to him in 2001.

Fordham and Marquette universities’ announcement of the withdrawal of their degrees was a far cry from that of Boston University that rewarded Cosby with a new honorary degree in May 2014, despite his struggles in some sexual assault allegations then.

However, it will be recalled that Cosby earned a doctorate in Education from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

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