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Lehigh University Strips Donald Trump of Honorary Degree

President Donald Trump has been stripped of the honorary degree he was awarded by Lehigh University in 1988 in the wake of the Trump-sanctioned armed invasion and its subsequent hours-long occupation of the United States Capitol on Wednesday.

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The Lehigh University Board of Trustees released a brief statement on Friday:

Dear Members of the Campus Community,

In a special session Thursday of the Executive Committee of the Lehigh University Board of Trustees, the members voted to rescind and revoke the honorary degree granted to Donald J. Trump in 1988. The full Board of Trustees affirmed the decision today. 

Dr. John Simon also issued a declaration explaining the Board’s ruling:

Yesterday we witnessed a violent assault on the foundations of our democracy – the abiding respect for the will of the people exercised in a free election and the peaceful transfer of power. I sincerely hope we can turn the sadness and anger that the lawlessness in our nation’s capital has evoked into motivation to make our nation more just. I trust that it will inspire us to redouble our efforts to unite our country and encourage the peaceful pursuit of governance, guided by truth and reason. We have much work to do.

Lehigh journalism professor Dr. Jeremy Littau wrote on Twitter that the decision was a “big deal” and a long time coming.

“Folks, this is a big deal as far as our community is concerned. After FIVE years of pressure from our faculty, staff, students, and alumni, the Lehigh Board of Trustees finally did the right thing and revoked Donald Trump’s honorary degree. This doesn’t fix everything. That it took this long despite the long list of reasons this should have been done years ago should be cause for reflection by everyone with power here. Whose interests and values have been centered in our decisions. A win today. The work continues,” wrote Littau.

“This doesn’t fix everything. That it took this long despite the long list of reasons this should have been done years ago should be cause for reflection by everyone with power here. Whose interests and values have been centered in our decisions. A win today. The work continues,” he said.

“I will say I got to see up close the past few years the ways this issue was kept alive. Could probably name offhand about 30-40 staff/faculty/students who raised this issue every chance they had in forums. We didn’t let them forget that we remembered. This issue never went away,” Littau continued. “But to our alumni, especially our young alumni: THANK YOU. Your voice and financial influence matter so much. I hope you’ll stay engaged. We still have a lot we need to accomplish to create a more equitable community.”

Leave it to Donald Trump to flunk out of a school he never even attended.



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